Meetings With Remarkable Men | Chicago Reader

Meetings With Remarkable Men

Rather like an H. Rider Haggard adventure story, whizzing through dark continents and exploring secret cults, except it isn't much fun. Peter Brook's 1979 film is based on a canonical text, the memoirs of Russian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff, and it oozes with awe and devotion. But Brook isn't above making the mystical dances seem a bit more mystical by undercranking his camera—the same technique the Keystone Kops used to accentuate the speed of their chase sequences. The film, dull and hermetic, is content to preach to the converted; outsiders will find no suasion here.


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