Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

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  • Summary: Originally presented during the Dalai Lama's first visit to the US in 1979, this is an epic documentary of spirituality in exile.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Captures both the spirituality and humanity of monastic life.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Recut and reassembled at just a little over two hours, the new version of the film is a staggering and bracing object, stylistically bold and hypnotically captivating.
  3. 78
    You don't have to be a student of Buddhism to be entranced by the dreamlike images that form Coleman's intimate portrait of Tibetan monks.
  4. It's an impressionistic experience rather than a linear one, and the process of surrendering to the images and rhythms of lives lived in simultaneous harmony with the physical and the spiritual is greatly helped by the chants that dominate much of the soundtrack.
  5. As the monks themselves threaten to nod off, the film's impressive narcotic effect enters the bloodstream-or so it may seem only for the unenlightened like me.
  6. 70
    In three parts, the film patiently unwraps the details of daily monastic life. Observation and translation is emphasized over explanation or interpretation.
  7. You might if you have a strong interest in and at least a general familiarity with Buddhism. If not, the film is a crashing bore, and does little to help the novice understand what the religion is all about.

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