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Wheel of Time (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 30 October 2003 (Germany)
Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

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Cast

Credited cast:
The Dalai Lama ... Self
Lama Lhundup Woeser Lama Lhundup Woeser ... Self
Takna Jigme Sangpo Takna Jigme Sangpo ... Self
Matthieu Ricard Matthieu Ricard ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madhureeta Anand Madhureeta Anand ... Self
Tenzin Dhargye Tenzin Dhargye ... Self
Ven. Geshe Ven. Geshe ... Self
Werner Herzog ... Self (voice)
Manfred Klell Manfred Klell ... Self
Chungdak D. Koren Chungdak D. Koren ... Self
Thupten Tsering Mukhimsar Thupten Tsering Mukhimsar ... Self
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Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

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Germany | Austria | Italy

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German | English | Tibetan

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30 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ajan pyörä See more »

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Tibet, China See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The Dalai Lama: All religions carry same message. Message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline. I think we need these qualities, irrespective of whether we are believer or non-believer, because these are the source of a happy life.
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Raja Mati
Performed by Prem Rama Autari, Bihaya Vaidya and Surendra Shresta
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Excellent Herzog fare; surreal, stylistic, yet real
27 April 2003 | by fearless_greenSee all my reviews

I just saw Wheel of Time yesterday at its premiere in Toronto, where Herzog was present. As usual, Herzog creates a compelling film: a portrait of a traditional Bhuddist initiation ceremony. Specifically, we are shown the pilgrimmage of hundreds of thousands of people to India and one year later, to a similar ceremony in Austria. On a purely documentary level, this winning film is a fascinating piece, giving insight into this ancient ceremony (including the pilgrimmage itself), as well as showing us the painstaking construction of a large "mandala" made out of colored sand, with a "wheel of time" intricately designed in its center. The interviews with the Dalai Lama were interesting and even humorous. On an artistic level, it is also a winner, as Herzog mixes stylistic poses and environmental landscapes within the structure of the documentary. Of course, Herzog's critics call this self-indulgence, but I strongly disagree. Herzog operates on a subconcious level in most of his films, including his narrative features, and actually succeeds where other "artsy" filmmakers fail miserably. Herzog has produced yet another fascinating masterpiece.


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