ZEN AND THE ART OF MOVIEMAKING

IN SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, WESTERN FILMMAKERS TURN EAST (AND SOUTH TO ARGENTINA) TO TELL A STORY OF PERSONAL ENLIGHTENMENT

A young Austrian, his country's most revered athlete, climbs mountains to escape from himself. Leaving his wife, he treks to a remote kingdom to find a new truth. An ideal Aryan who befriends a boy of the yellow race, he dumps Hitler for the Dalai Lama. A man bred on competition, he becomes a missionary for peace and enlightenment. Sounds as though there's a movie in Heinrich Harrer's life.

A middle-aged Frenchman, his country's most successful director, has not made a "French" movie in 20 years. Instead, he roams the world, immersing himself in far-off cultures and eras, testing his curiosity,...

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