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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragan Maksimovic ...
G.I. Gurdjieff
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Prince Lubovedsky
Mikica Dimitrijevic ...
Young Gurdjieff
Athol Fugard ...
Professor Skridlov
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Gurdjieff's Father
Fahro Konjhodzic ...
Soloviev
David Markham ...
Dean Borsh
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Vitvitskaia
Bruce Myers ...
Yelov
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Tamil (as Colin Blakeley)
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Armenian Priest / Le prêtre arménien
Tom Fleming ...
Father Giovanni
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Head of Sarmoung Monastery
Sami Tahasuni ...
Bogga Eddin
Fabijan Sovagovic ...
Dervish
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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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14 November 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Encontro Com Homens Notáveis  »

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

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Yelov: What are you looking for?
G.I. Gurdjieff: I want to know why I am here.
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A struggle to stay awake

I echo other reviewers in their description of this as a film for those who are spiritual seekers. Others will probably find it rather slow and dull.

One of the main points of Gurdjieff's philosophy is that most people are asleep. This film depicts the effort it takes to become, and to stay, awake.

My impression is that this is a film by someone who has studied what Gurdieff said about himself and his philosophy (Try 'All and Everything' if you want to get into the details of that), but not what others have said about him. The more you get to know what those who knew him said about him, the less likely you would be to present him in such a rosy light. Frankly, he comes across as a bit of a git who used some rather naive spiritual seekers to his own ends.

I enjoyed the movie, but see it as something of a positive skimming over Gurdjieff's early years.


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