1993. Italy/France/Lichtenstein/Great Britain. Bernardo Bertolucci. 123 min.
Monday, January 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1993. Italy/France/Lichtenstein/Great Britain. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. With Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda, Chris Isaak. Little Buddha weaves a rich tapestry of stories—a boy’s journey of discovery, a lama’s search for his beloved teacher, and the legend of Siddhartha’s path to enlightenment. This exquisitely beautiful film begins when Tibetan monks appear at the Seattle home of an American boy whom they believe is their leader reincarnate. In segments that outline the life of Buddha, shot on location in Kathmandu and Bhutan, Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro create stunning, visually rich tableaux and ethereal postcard portraits. Accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto’s powerful score, these images affect the spectator in genuinely mysterious ways. 123 min.