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Siddhartha [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, German
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714B5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,421 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
No movie that is even marginally true to the story that Nobel Prize-winning German author Hermann Hesse told in his novel Siddhartha (1951) is without merit; and this modest film is no exception. The problem is, that while Conrad Brooks, who wrote, directed and produced the film, is true to the storyline of the novel and even in some respects true to the spirit of the novel, he fails to bring the power and the resplendence of Hesse's philosophic and spiritual masterpiece to the screen.

What made the novel one of the best ever written is the character of Siddhartha himself. Patterned after the Buddha both in temperament and in experience, Hesse's Siddhartha, "the Accomplished One," grew up amid extravagant wealth and privilege only to dump it all in an effort to find himself. Brooks fails almost immediately when he leaves out the scene from the book in which the young Siddhartha, not wanting to directly disobey his father (and to demonstrate his resolve) stands up all night waiting patiently for his father's permission to leave their splendid estates. This is one of the great "coming of age" scenes ever written and an early insight into Siddhartha's strength of character, but Brooks gives it barely a notice!

Also skirted over too quickly are Siddhartha's years with the samanas in the forest where he practiced meditation and austerities. This part of Siddhartha's life was essential in making him the man he was and in showing us his character. He spent six years with the shamans and gurus of the forest (along with his companion Govinda) and in the end learned everything they knew and more, and yet had not found the answer he sought. (This parallels the experience of the "emaciated" Buddha.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MacIntosh on 16 Sept. 2005
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The film is pretty true to the book, though of course the 70s cinematography cannot and doesn't attempt to replicate some of the most hallucinogenic/mystic passages directly though it does a pretty good job of evoking the memory of the passages in those who have already read the book.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed Hesse's book, appreciates 70s cinema, likes movies set in India, or wishes to see a film of a classic book well made in a way the author just MAY have appreciated. Classic. :0)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 May 2006
Format: DVD
Siddhartha a Brahmin's son and his friend departs his fathers house in search of a different life than the sedate environment of home. His father (Amrik Singh) says that if he finds truth then return and tell him. And if he should find nothing to return any way; as like the river everything returns.

His path through the story, that takes place in no certain time or place, sort of parallels the Buddha's searching's but is not a fictionalized version. His friend finally chooses another path leaving Siddhartha to find his way alone. Siddhartha decides that enlightenment comes from within and can not be taught. The Buddha admonishes Siddhartha not to be too clever.

His searching takes him through several lives as he learns of love and money, and a few more experiences. He almost seems like snot as he explains to a courtesan that he doesn't really love. Recognizing that he has wasted his time with searching he comes to some interesting conclusions.

In this 1972 film by Conrad Rooks captures more of the original book than he intended. The film was not intended to be more than an adoption of the book as the director figured that his 25 years in India gave him a better insight than Hermann Hesse's (the book that the movie was based on) 11 month insight.

One of the profound items I picked up on was the speech about what a rock could be.
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