A lovely, evocative piece that may come across as stodgy and obvious thirty years after its release.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is a case where the true seeker must journey to the original source!
| Original Score: C
Its visual beauty is compelling and its emotions are kindled from within, as it takes off from the source of its literary roots and becomes a pure cinematic experience.
| Original Score: A-
Shooting largely in natural light, Nykvist creates a poetry more beautiful than Hesse's prose and as profound as the author's message.
nothing but wide and confusing circles
| Original Score: 3/5
Like Chappaqua, the movie doesn't live up to the legend.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Apologies to Conrad Rooks, but the only reason his 1972 film, Siddhartha, is getting a 30th-anniversary rerelease is the appeal of seeing Sven Nykvist's amazing cinematography restored to its full splendor.
A beautiful and timeless achievement, Conrad Rooks' 1972 adaptation of Herman Hesse's appropriation of East Indian mythology still entrances.
Sven Nykvist's golden-hued cinematography perfectly suits Hesse's mind-expanding narrative of Buddhist enlightenment.
A gentle reminder of just how much life and movies have changed -- not entirely for the better.
Faithful but flat and uninspired.
| Original Score: 2/5
In the end, Siddhartha the movie fails in its attempt to explore and question and meditate. You can't be meditative while running through a field and leaping over foxholes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rather than living on as reminder of India in the early 1900s, the film now exists as a period piece of another sort, namely, as a cult film of the psychedelic era.
Unless you are fully into the subtleties of Hinduism, you are likely to find it rather flat and lethargic.
A sublime achievement, in many ways superior to the Hesse novel.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rook uses images and music to bring the book to life without sacrificing any of its gentleness