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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 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 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 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 24, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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+
January 24, 2005
As enlightening a tour of this extraordinary spiritual journey as one is likely to get without a 20-hour plane ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 14, 2005
Their enthusiasm alone makes the journey one worth taking, even if you never felt much like wading in the Ganges yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 13, 2005
Benazzo and Day offer a nice overview on such a colossal event, which gets surprisingly little attention from the Western media.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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