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Movie Details

Title:   Wheel of Time
Director:   Werner Herzog
Year:   2003
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   01.18.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (14)
- Aguirre: The Wrath of God
- The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams
- Fitzcarraldo
- Grizzly Man
- Into the Abyss
- Into the Inferno
- Lessons in Darkness
- Little Dieter Needs to Fly
- My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
- Nosferatu
- Rescue Dawn
- The White Diamond
- The Wild Blue Yonder

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
01.18.06Alamo Downtown The Alamo's Herzog retrospective continues with this doc about a mass gathering Buddhist ritual in both someplace in India and someplace in Austria. At least I think it was India. I wasn't really trying to understand it in any logical way because I knew it's be hopeless considering both the subject matter and the director. Instead, I went in expecting something meditative in tone and hopefully interesting as well. I think because I prepared myself that way, I was pretty fulfilled with my experience. If i went in hoping for another Grizzly Man, I'd have been put to sleep.

I don't know if this is anything new or not but I got a great linkage between how the Buddhists pray and how they cook. Everything is very very intense and detail-oriented and they are relentless in practice. All the people pulling pieces of dough apart to throw into the huge pot seemed exactly like them prostrating or tapping out a ludicrously complex mandala out of colored sand. That was easily the most fascinating footage of the doc for me, watching these guys construct this mathematically symmetrical and surgically precise image one grain of sand at a time... and then to have the dalai lama smear it up and have all the colors melt into one another at the end was awesome. Other than that, it was slow and meditative and gave you plenty of time to think while you watch kids look at the camera or people walking at incredibly slow rates. Thankfully, Herzog narrates the film though. Again, I love to hear that guy talk.
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