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Siddhartha (1973)



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Two-time director Conrad Rooks (known for his autobiographical drug-addiction opus of 1966, Chappaqua), helms this big-screen adaptation of Hermann Hesse's novel, about an Indian youth who leaves his family in search of life's meaning. The film sports location photography by Bergman associate Sven Nykvist, and a cast comprised largely of unknowns.
Classics , Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Columbia Pictures


Shashi Kapoor
as Siddhartha
Simi Garewal
as Kamala
Romesh Sharma
as Govinda
Ramesh Sharma
as Govinda
Pincho Kapoor
as Kamaswami
Zul Vellani
as Vasudeva
Amrik Singh
as Siddhartha's Father
Shanti Hiranand
as Siddhartha's Mother
Kunai Kapoor
as Siddhartha's Son
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Critic Reviews for Siddhartha

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

Like Chappaqua, the movie doesn't live up to the legend.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Sven Nykvist's golden-hued cinematography perfectly suits Hesse's mind-expanding narrative of Buddhist enlightenment.

Full Review… | September 17, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

July 11, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Unless you are fully into the subtleties of Hinduism, you are likely to find it rather flat and lethargic.

Full Review… | July 2, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A lovely, evocative piece that may come across as stodgy and obvious thirty years after its release.

Full Review… | March 16, 2005
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Siddhartha

A tragedy in comparison to its novel source, the acting was limited, unemotional, and ineffective. The storyline was cut-up, difficult to follow, and put to a bare minimum. I strongly recommend the book for finding Hess' spiritual message and staying away from this movie.

John Glass
John Glass

Apologies to Conrad Rooks, but the ONLY reason his 1972 film, Siddhartha, got a 30th-anniversary rerelease is the appeal of seeing Sven Nykvist's amazing cinematography restored to its full splendor.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Beautiful scenery. A lonely quest. Hermann Hesse's novel brought to cinema. There was one scene where the main characters were traveling in a band of singing wanderers, and the music was joyful sounding. The rest aside, that was worth watching the whole movie for.

Art Bucher
Art Bucher

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