Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

Meetings with Remarkable Men is the second volume of the All and Everything trilogy written by the Greek-Armenian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff. A book of autobiography, it was originally published in 1963 and tells the tale of the young Gurdjieff growing up in a world torn between his unexplainable experiences and the developing modern sciences.
The book was made into a 1979 feature film directed by Peter Brook. Shot on location in Afghanistan, it starred Terence Stamp, and Dragan Maksimovic as the adult Gurdjieff.
The "plot" involves Gurdjieff and his his travels to achieve enlightenment and inner growth in a series of dialogues and vignettes. 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.
Brook simply leaps from one portentous episode to the next, with an abruptness that will either leave viewers bewildered or send them back to Gurdjieff's own writings, depending upon the extent of their interest.
The film is noteworthy for making public some glimpses of the "Gurdjieff movements".

During his long career, director Peter Brook has conducted a wide range of theatrical experiments, pushing audiences and performers well beyond their typical experience of theater, in an effort to achieve not a temporary catharsis but a transcendent, transformative event. Driven by a sense of unwavering dedication to unraveling the meaning of human existence, he journeys throughout the most unattainable areas of the East, encountering an array of Hindu fakirs, Buddhist monks, whirling dervishes, and gurus of every stripe.
In search of truth, he climbs the Himalayas, walks across the desert on stilts, and uncovers evidence of an ancient order, guards of an arcane wisdom. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the form of dance he created as a form of meditation and later taught in the West.
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