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16 January 2016: Adaptations: Meetings with Remarkable Men


Meetings with Remarkable Men
Peter Brook
1979 | 108 min | Colour | Digital
Introduced by Gareth Evans

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Greek-Armenian mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer G. I. Gurdjieff, we are delighted to present Peter Brook's Meetings with Remarkable Men – based on Gurdjieff's book of the same name. Gurdjieff's teaching revolved around the idea that most humans do not possess a unified mind-body consciousness and thus live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", that needs to be transcended to reach a higher state of consciousness. According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness – referred to it as the "Fourth Way" – unites the methods of the fakir, monk or yogi. Shot on location in Afghanistan (except for dance sequences, which were filmed in England), the film stars Terence Stamp, and Dragan Maksimović as the adult Gurdjieff.