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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.

Cast

Shashi Kapoor
as Siddhartha
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.

November 1, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

September 17, 2002 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4

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

July 2, 2002 | Full Review…

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

March 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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