Crazy Wisdom (2011)
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Chogyam Trungpa, renowned Tibetan Buddhist leader, shattered notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave when he renounced his monk's vows & eloped with a sixteen year-old aristocrat. Twenty years after his death, Trungpa's name still evokes admiration and outrage. What made him tick? And just what is enlightenment, anyway? -- (C) Official Site
Nov 25, 2011 Limited
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The film may be of greatest interest to those already familiar with Trungpa. Others may wonder at the shortage of critical perspective, and may find themselves less than wholly sympathetic to Trungpa's controversial actions.
Demetrakas has decided to simply present the man in all his demanding complexities and let him and his encounters with associates speak for themselves.
The movie goes mushy when it should be critical, and leaves you with questions that it's not prepared to answer.
It plays more like a TV infomercial than an unbiased examination of the Tibetan's controversial life.
The late Chogyam Trungpa's very colorful life makes for a most engaging narrative here.
There is not enough balanced coverage...to afford Crazy Wisdom anything other than a perfunctory nod; it unfolds like a fan letter to a rock star, forgiving of the debauched lifestyle the star leads because they have a beautiful voice.
Crazy Wisdom appears to follow Trungpa's philosophical lead, in the sense that it doesn't criticize his behaviors, though it does consider his "times."
A subject perhaps worthy of a documentary, but hopelessly obscured by fawning and myopia.
Whether the viewer adheres to, or even grasps, Eastern religion, this look inside the guru entertains.
An edifying documentary on the life and times of the controversial Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher and spiritual warrior whose mission was to build an enlightened society.
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