Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004)

Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer

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Directed by Ralph Torjan, this documentary profiles the life of self-proclaimed shaman Carlos Castaneda. Castaneda's LSD-induced visions and other explorations of "non-ordinary reality" helped him develop a devoted following during the late '60s and early '70s -- so much so that he would find himself on the cover of Time magazine in 1973. Though many people dismissed Castaneda as a fraud, an equal amount followed his teachings religiously; however, several prominent believers mysteriously left … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary, Horror, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Dec 13, 2005
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Indican Pictures - Official Site

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Though interviews here are primarily with former camp followers and pic was made by one, overall perspective is just critical enough to satisfy both New Age types and curious skeptics.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
Variety
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Unless you are already a fan of Castaneda, the film is likely to leave you feeling as though you've just watched a very long, lost episode of that old TV series In Search of ...

Full Review… | October 28, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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Even ignoring the low-grade aesthetics, the documentary feels like you've stepped into a geek-nerd convention where all but hardcore initiates will be either bored or amused by the proceedings.

Full Review… | October 28, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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Not only doesn't provide any real information, it barely manages to convey why we should care.

July 7, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Was Carlos Castaneda a great spiritual leader or a cynical con man? A digital video documentary struggles with that question but ultimately declines to answer it.

Full Review… | June 2, 2004
New York Times
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If only there were drugs strong enough to make it all bearable.

Full Review… | June 1, 2004
Village Voice
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