Meetings with Remarkable Men (film)

Meetings with Remarkable Men is a 1979 British film directed by Peter Brook[1] and based on the book of the same name by Greek-Armenian mystic, G. I. Gurdjieff, first published in English in 1963. Shot on location in Afghanistan (except for dance sequences, which were filmed in England), it starred Terence Stamp, and Dragan Maksimović as the adult Gurdjieff. The film was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival, in competition for the Golden Bear award.

Meetings with Remarkable Men
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Directed byPeter Brook
Produced byStuart Lyons
Written byG. I. Gurdjieff (book)
Screenplay: Peter Brook,
Jeanne de Salzmann
StarringDragan Maksimović, Terence Stamp
Music byLaurence Rosenthal
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byJohn Jympson
Distributed byEnterprise Pictures Ltd
Release date
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The plot involves Gurdjieff and his companions' search for truth in a series of dialogues and vignettes, much as in the book. Unlike the book, these result in a definite climax—Gurdjieff's initiation into the mysterious Sarmoung Brotherhood. The film is noteworthy for making public some glimpses of the Gurdjieff movements.[2]

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Further readingEdit

  • Meetings with Remarkable Men: my impressions of the film, by Kathryn Hulme. Remar Productions, 1979.
  • Meetings with Remarkable Men: One man's search becomes a film, by Pamela Lyndon Travers.


  1. ^ Brook, Peter (September 1987). The shifting point, 1946-1987. Harper & Row. ISBN 978-0-06-039073-0. Retrieved 14 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Panafieu, Bruno De; Needleman, Jacob; Baker, George (September 1997). Gurdjieff. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 28–. ISBN 978-0-8264-1049-8. Retrieved 14 April 2011. A brief glimpse of the dances appears at the very end of the motion picture about Gurdjieff, Meetings with Remarkable Men, produced and directed in 1978 by Peter Brook, with a screenplay by Peter Brook and Jeanne de Salzmann CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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