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David Wants to Fly (2010)

David Sieveking walks on David Lynchs path into the world of transcendental meditation (TM). He comes across the founder of this worldwide movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to whom the Beatles already pilgrimed.


David Sieveking


David Sieveking
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Credited cast:
Judith Bourque Judith Bourque ... Self
Donovan ... Self
Raja Emanuel Raja Emanuel ... Self
Raja Felix Raja Felix ... Self
Earl Kaplan Earl Kaplan ... Self
John Knapp John Knapp ... Self
Mark Landau Mark Landau ... Self
David Lynch ... Self
Jottir Matt Jottir Matt ... Self
Paul McCartney ... Self
Michael Persinger ... Self (as Prof. Dr. Michael Persinger)
Marie Pohl Marie Pohl ... Self
Prem Prem ... Self
Rajeb Rajeb ... Self
David Sieveking ... Self


The unprecedented success story of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began high up in the Himalayas. In the late 50s the guru arrived in Hollywood to propagate his school of meditation and "achieve world peace". He attracted numerous prominent followers, including the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Clint Eastwood. Today almost six million people worldwide practice transcendental meditation (TM). David, a young filmmaker seeking inspiration, is also prepared to give TM a try. Not least because his great professional idol, legendary director David Lynch, has personally assured him that this form of meditation is a great source of creativity and the key to success. David determines to take his hero's word for it: he submits himself to the expensive TM training, receives his personal mantra and has a go at "yogic flying". But incongruities soon begin to pile up. Among other things, the organization of the humble Indian guru has, in the meantime, grown into an empire worth billions. When the Maharishi ...

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Das Lied von der Unzulänglichkeit des menschlichen Strebens
by Bertolt Brecht
Performed by David Sieveking and Marie Pohl
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excellent first effort from a promising young director
3 September 2011 | by logicbranchSee all my reviews

This documentary begins without much excitement: OK, so the recent film-school graduate admires the famous director David Lynch (his girlfriend accuses him of being obsessed) and since David Lynch likes and recommends transcendental meditation, the young man (the director) also gives TM a try. Just when I was asking myself why the director wasn't looking at TM with a more critical eye, things got very interesting. I don't want to give too much away, but eventually both David Lynch and the TM organization threaten to sue the young film-maker. And the whole thing got started because he was nuts about Lynch! There is also a sub-plot about his (the young director's) personal life which helps the viewer connect with the main character. This film is well worth viewing, especially for those who sometimes think about investigating more thoughtful, alternative approaches to life.

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German | English | Hindi

Release Date:

6 May 2010 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Seelisberg, Switzerland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby (Synchro Film, Austria)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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