Siddhartha

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • R
  • Religious

A simple story about a young Indian Brahmin (Kapoor), based on Hesse's famed novel. Kapoor goes searching for the meaning of life, falling in with holy men and eventually encountering someone who might be the Gautama Buddha. Kapoor becomes a wealthy merchant and finally finds peace on a riverboat after being introduced to sensual pleasures by a courtesan....read more

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A simple story about a young Indian Brahmin (Kapoor), based on Hesse's famed novel. Kapoor goes searching for the meaning of life, falling in with holy men and eventually encountering someone who might be the Gautama Buddha. Kapoor becomes a wealthy merchant and finally finds peace on a

riverboat after being introduced to sensual pleasures by a courtesan. This, a film of frequent lyrical beauty, was wonderfully filmed by Ingmar Bergman's regular cameraman, Nykvist. However, the film fails to capture the essence of Hesse's book, try though it may. It is more a series of filmed

events than an interpretation of the story. Shot on location in India by American director Rooks, this picture came to the screen at a time when Hesse's book was still very much in vogue on US college campuses. Originally published in 1922, but not given an English translation until the 1950s,

Siddhartha, its search for meaning, and its spiritual journey East spoke directly to the concerns of 1960s youth.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A simple story about a young Indian Brahmin (Kapoor), based on Hesse's famed novel. Kapoor goes searching for the meaning of life, falling in with holy men and eventually encountering someone who might be the Gautama Buddha. Kapoor becomes a wealthy mercha… (more)

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