Wheel Of Time details
|Genre:||Documentary - General|
Wheel Of Time
|Run time:||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Aug 2007|
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A lovely film, but light on factsBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 14 Sep 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Most, if not all of Werner Herzog's films, both the features and the documentaries, could be said to be about a quest for a spiritual dimension in life. But most, if not all, also involve a final pulling back, an acknowledgement, if you like, of the madness involved, of the illogicality of it all. Here, he approaches the subject head-on, or, at least, apparently so, by travelling to Tibet to cover the Kalachakra Initiation, the most sacred of all Buddhist celebrations. Once there, he finds his characteristic number of striking, amazing images, and he goes some way to explaining to an audience, most of whom are likely to be completely baffled by what they are seeing, what is going on. He doesn't, however, go far enough, so the bafflement continues.
His attempts to create something poetic and transcendant fail in this film because we simply don't have enough information, and while there's much here to mesmerize (the pilgrims travelling the way on their bellies, for instance; or the light on the water at the very end), there's simply not enough data to back it all up. As an introduction, it is very striking, and perhaps it was Herzog's purpose to leave us wanting more.
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Another extraordinary chapter in a most extraordinary lifeBy zorilla (221 reviews) from Kew, Richmond , 17 May 2013To call Werner Herzog a filmmaker seems to diminish what he really is... and although I'm not quite sure what that is, it must make him one of the most extraordinary men of the 20th century. He has an eye that sees things the rest of us miss and a brain that is always challenging and teasing both his subject and his audience. The world is a better place for his presence - and as the Dalai Lama says, wherever Werner is, that is the central point of the Universe, but of course the Dalai Lama can only say this because he knows that we are all Werner Herzog. Great documentary by the way.
The Wheel of Time - My ReviewBy DaddyTank (203 reviews) from Ulan Bator , 20 Dec 2012As an atheist I only wanted to watch this because I love Herzog films but I found myself thinking that Buddhism kicks other religions asses because it actually seems to care about people rather than setting out a fascist anti-human ideology for tis own ends. And its very,very hard to see the extent that some of these pilgrims go to without feeling that civilised Westerners really do have the easiest existence imaginable. Yet another brilliant Herzog film.
PR for the Dalai LamaBy itstinks (681 reviews) from North of Reading , 12 Sep 2012Basically covering 2 versions of a buddhist festival, one in India where people are pushed around, food is badly handed out and DL is not quite well enough to go through the complete ceremony despite the hardship of the 40,000 people attending.
The other in Austria is far more genteel and the 9000 attendees who are mainly westerners fortunately gwet the whole ritual.
Around this are some of the devotional hardships that people undertake to save time in reincarnations although doing 10000 lying down obeiances taking at least 6 weeks must feel like several lifetimes.
Interesting clips with little editorial comment but at least good access to the big guy.
Herzog & Buddha.By gingerspike (410 reviews) from Grimsby , 27 Dec 2011One would maybe think the pairing of Werner Herzog & Buddhist monks would be a match made in heaven, however, the film was relatively boring. I'm a huge fan of Herzog's films (both his documentaries & his fictional feature films) but this was not up to his usual standards
Scenic imagery and pithy moments will linger.By a customer from uk , 15 Sep 2010Recommended and insightful viewing for anyone with an interest in different cultures and religions. If new to buddhism it could put you off or heighten your curiosity. For me, it showed an aspect of buddhism that I felt privileged to see, but there, just an aspect.
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