Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, November 15, 2008

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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  • Film

(India/1972) Directed by Conrad Brooks

Siddhartha is the disarmingly simple story of a young Brahmin, and his search for a meaningful way of life, which takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness he had been seeking. Conrad Brooks’ adaptation of the best-selling novel by Herman Hesse was filmed entirely on location in Northern India, the holy city of Rishikesh, and the private estates as well as the palaces of His Highness the Maharajah of Bharatpur. The film is an absolutely ravishing visual experience, featuring astonishing cinematography by the great Sven Nykvist and performances by Shashi Kapoor (Bombay Talkie, Shakespeare Wallah) and a legendary appearance by Simi Garewal, the first Indian film actress to disrobe onscreen in a country that previously had banned scenes of kissing. (85 min.)

"One of the most profoundly beautiful films ever created … An extraordinary achievement on all possible levels." —Phil Hall, Film Threat