Meetings with Remarkable Men is a 1979 British film directed by Peter Brook and based on the book of the same name by the Greek-Armenian mystic, G. I. Gurdjieff, first published in English in 1963.
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1877–1949) also commonly referred to as G. I.
Gurdjieff was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep”, but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.
Gurdjieff developed a method for doing so, calling his discipline “The Work” (connoting “work on oneself”) or “the Method”.
According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff’s method for awakening one’s consciousness is different from that of the fakir, monk or yogi, so his discipline is also called (originally) the “Fourth Way”. At one point, he described his teaching as being “esoteric Christianity”.
Meetings with Remarkable Men film synopsis:
As a young man exploring ancient ruins, Gurdjieff discovers scrolls confirming the existence of a hidden brotherhood long thought to be extinct.
He begins a search that leads through unforeseeable hazards and finally to a school where he learns to bring together all the principles of an esoteric teaching.
Meetings with Remarkable Men was made on location in the forbidding, rarely photographed mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, and has been widely acclaimed for its unique visual beauty.
The film was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for the Golden Bear.
“A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.” – Gurdjieff’s quote.
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