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Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

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Peter Brook
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragan Maksimovic Dragan Maksimovic ... G.I. Gurdjieff
Terence Stamp ... Prince Lubovedsky
Mikica Dimitrijevic Mikica Dimitrijevic ... Young Gurdjieff
Athol Fugard ... Professor Skridlov
Warren Mitchell ... Gurdjieff's Father
Fahro Konjhodzic Fahro Konjhodzic ... Soloviev
David Markham David Markham ... Dean Borsh
Natasha Parry ... Vitvitskaia
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Yelov
Colin Blakely ... Tamil (as Colin Blakeley)
Grégoire Aslan ... Armenian Priest / Le prêtre arménien
Tom Fleming Tom Fleming ... Father Giovanni
Andrew Keir ... Head of Sarmoung Monastery
Sami Tahasuni Sami Tahasuni ... Bogga Eddin
Fabijan Sovagovic Fabijan Sovagovic ... Dervish
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Storyline

The story of G.I. Gurdjieff and his travels to achieve enlightenment and inner growth. Beginning with his childhood, the movie follows his journeys through Central Asia as he discovers new levels of spirituality through music, dance and near-encounters with death. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Gardijeff's search for hidden knowledge

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontro Com Homens Notáveis See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Remar See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last theatrical film of Grégoire Aslan. See more »

Quotes

Young Gurdjieff: When we die, Father, is nothing left?
Gurdjieff's Father: [after a thoughtful pause] How should I put it? Some people say they have a soul that goes on living when we are dead, but I don't believe this... and yet I am certain beyond all doubt that through certain experiences, we can develop a very fine substance within ourselves. When we die, this substamce does not die at the same time... much later.
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The Circle Game
16 December 2012 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

A major figure of world theater, Peter Brook made three notable motion pictures during the 1960s ("Moderato cantabile" in 1960, based on a novel by Marguerite Duras; in 1963, "Lord of the Flies", from William Golding's novel; and the highly praised filmization of his already acclaimed stage version of Peter Weiss' play, "Marat/Sade", in 1966). A project based on the biography of the spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff, detailing his search for the information that would serve as base for the development of the so-called Fourth Way to enlightenment (a path that does not have a defined step-by-step itinerary, but that must be found and built by each individual), resulted in an interesting film that starts beautifully with a mysterious and fascinating sequence, illustrating a competition in the mountains in which the award is given to the musician that can make the mountains "react" in harmony to the music notes. Following Gurdjieff as he grows up and leaves his father's home, the film logically has the structure of a road movie, making his trip an entertaining voyage of ethnic, cultural and self-discovery (with a parade of solid actors in key roles). It becomes very disappointing as Gurdjieff lastly reaches the monastery of the Sarmoung Brotherhood, a place high in the Asian mountains where he is taken blindfolded, and where he supposedly obtained arcane knowledge from this secret society for his life project. Not that I as spectator was waiting for the revelation of the truth of all truths, but although it is known that his teachings dealt with movements and dance, neither did I expect to see on the screen a place that looks like a resort spa for Europeans who dance and chant like crazy (choreography preserved by scriptwriter Jeanne de Salzmann, Gurdjieff's deputy, who was around 90 years old when the film was made). Fortunately this is only during the last minutes of the film, and the rapture caused by the previous images is not badly ruined by this conclusion. Worth a look.


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