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Monk with a Camera (2014)

Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a ... See full summary »


Tina Mascara (co-director), Guido Santi (co-director)

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Credited cast:
The Dalai Lama ... Himself
Khyongla Rinpoche Khyongla Rinpoche ... Himself
Nicky Vreeland Nicky Vreeland ... Himself
Alexander Vreeland Alexander Vreeland ... Himself
John Avedon John Avedon ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tonne Goodman Tonne Goodman ... Himself
Wendy Goodman Wendy Goodman ... Herself
Priscilla Rattazzi Priscilla Rattazzi ... Herself
Ptolemy Tompkins ... Himself
Frecky Vreeland Frecky Vreeland ... Himself


Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position. Written by Anonymous

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24 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Movie Tries To Make Silver Spoon Even More Golden
18 December 2014 | by mark-189-149007See all my reviews

If you think constantly jetting around the world and staying in swank hotels from NY to Paris to LA and rubbing elbows with NY society and Hollywood stars is being a real monk, then this movie is for you. If you're smarter than that, then you'll see the fallacy apparent in this shallow film. The Dali Lama is obviously using Nicholas and his position in society for promotions and to raise funds, but this amazing juxtaposition and conflict is ignored. Which is OK. Just don't romanticize it and don't promote the movie as something else. This dude Nicholas ain't someone raised as a monk since a young child that had to flee China lest he be killed. And that's why I give the movie just 4 stars, because it's an opportunity missed to make a real movie about what is really happening here. One of last scenes with Nicholas out with a large format camera sums it all up: there is some poor "real" monk who has probably never seen NYC or Paris or LA carrying all of Nicholas's camera equipment around like a slave. That is the real story, and why I think less of this movie because it didn't explore this thesis. How about interviewing that monk carrying around all that photog equipment, or asking some of the monks that survived the genocide in Tibet & China to comment on what they think of this western-poser and the special treatment he gets. Nicholas still lives a life of a celebrity despite his monk status, and is treated quite different than other monks. I thought it was going to be about a talented Tibetan monk who takes world-class photographs, and heart of story would be his art. The photography is just a sidenote in the movie - a means for fundraising. Very disappointed this movie missed the real story.

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