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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela Reviews

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October 20, 2005
As entertaining as it is illuminating.
September 23, 2005
Less a sober examination of this huge event than an impressionistic swirl of images and sounds (and, if you use your imagination, smells).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 12, 2005
Highly recommended for anyone in search of a different answer to universal questions of faith and hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2005
Unless you're utterly fascinated by the minutiae of Hinduism, you may find yourself wishing for more story to this story -- and this film does not oblige.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2005
Instead of being pilgrims ourselves, we feel like we're sightseers who stopped by on the tour bus to gawk at the locals, take a few pictures, and then hop back on.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2005
The film gives an amazing feel for the complexity and diversity of such a massive event.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 2, 2005
Short Cut to Nirvana is a swirl of color, an exotic procession of sights and sounds.
April 29, 2005
Too scattershot to make a real point about the true nature of a spiritual path.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2005
Sacred subject matter notwithstanding, Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day's entertaining film is a surprising spiritual cousin to the so-called 'mondo' movies of the '60s and '70s.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 15, 2005
A documentary chronicle of the 2001 Kumbh Mela, a sort of spiritual Woodstock held every 12 years near Allahabad, India.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2005
Mostly, Benazzo and Day leave us alone to take in the extraordinary sights and sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2005
While this documentary about a religious pilgrimage in India feels haphazard and superficial, the glimpses it offers are never less than fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 14, 2005
An engrossing documentary that vividly presents the variety and vitality of Hindu devotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2005
Benazzo and Day can only scratch a monumental, perhaps impossible, surface, but their effort is a worthy introduction to what is more than a single life's task.
April 12, 2005
The directors and subjects evince enough contagious ecstasy to gladden the most angst-ridden Western hearts.
March 27, 2005
A remarkable and enlightening (although perhaps not to the point of nirvana itself) film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 11, 2005
Filmmakers Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day are much more taken with the conventionish sideshow (there are estimates of these crowds ranging from 30 million to 70 million, making these the largest gatherings of humanity ever) than the deeper content.
March 8, 2005
A fascinating look into a world few Americans are even aware of.
March 8, 2005
A visionary filmmaker could have shaped this, or maybe the Mela is beyond shaping.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2005
Short Cut to Nirvana grants us a visitor's complete immersion in this carnival atmosphere, all for the price of a movie ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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