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      Meetings With Remarkable Men

      G Released Aug 5, 1979 1h 48m Biography List
      Reviews 73% Audience Score 100+ Ratings This biopic traces the early life of G.I. Gurdjieff (Dragan Maksimovic), a seeker and mystic who travels extensively throughout Asia and the Mediterranean in his desire to learn about ancient religions. The eponymous "remarkable men" are the various teachers he submits to along the way, including the members of an esoteric sect and a Russian prince (Terence Stamp). Once his survey is complete, Gurdjieff begins to develop and teach his own version of spiritual evolution. Read More Read Less

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      Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 4/5 Oct 27, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 8, 2005 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Filmed in the mountain ranges and deserts of Afghanistan, this fascinating drama transports us to a strange and exotic world of spiritual adventurism. Mar 2, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A strange tale of the formative years of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff on his quest for spiritual enlightenment across a vast tract of the Near and Middle East. The movie has a bizarre feel to it with little explanation of what is actually going on. Having watched it, I don't really feel I know much more about Gurdijeff and how he formulated his ideas than I did before and I certainly do not understand his teachings better. It is all very mystical and, I am sure supposed to be allegorical but comes over as rather episodic and stagey. The saving grace is the atmospheric direction by Peter Brook which makes the most of the utterly breathtaking landscapes and settings. This is definitely "art-house" and knowingly so, and I can't but wish that it gave the viewer a little more to go on as there are too many pregnant pauses and knowing looks between the cast that need to be filled with dialogue and exposition. In short I suppose the movie is like Eastern mysticism itself, fascinating, exotic but largely impenetrable to those of us of a more secular disposition. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Gurdijeff's preposterously serious quest of the meaning of life. The meaning of life :D Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Meetings with Remarkable Men is the adaptation of part of the autobiography of George Gurdjieff, a mystic who lived between the 2nd half of the 19th century and the 1st half of the 20th century. The movie is more like a docudrama, about his travels from central asia to Egypt, and back to central Asia once again in a pursuit for knowledge about the purpose of life and existence, and the movie focuses on the time span between his teenage years back in Georgia to his early adulthood and the discovery of the secret place of the Sarmoung Brotherhood. The movie was well produced, and its purpose was not to tell a story as much as to enlighten those who are willing to receive the knowledge, which is why I gave it a full score. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Meetings with Remarkable Men is the adaptation of part of the autobiography of George Gurdjieff, a mystic who lived between the 2nd half of the 19th century and the 1st half of the 20th century. The movie is more like a docudrama, about his travels from central asia to Egypt, and back to central Asia once again in a pursuit for knowledge about the purpose of life and existence, and the movie focuses on the time span between his teenage years back in Georgia to his early adulthood and the discovery of the secret place of the Sarmoung Brotherhood. The movie was well produced, and its purpose was not to tell a story as much as to enlighten those who are willing to receive the knowledge, which is why I gave it a full score. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This biopic traces the early life of G.I. Gurdjieff (Dragan Maksimovic), a seeker and mystic who travels extensively throughout Asia and the Mediterranean in his desire to learn about ancient religions. The eponymous "remarkable men" are the various teachers he submits to along the way, including the members of an esoteric sect and a Russian prince (Terence Stamp). Once his survey is complete, Gurdjieff begins to develop and teach his own version of spiritual evolution.
      Director
      Peter Brook
      Producer
      Stuart Lyons
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 5, 1979, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 25, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 48m
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