The film trilogy of Mr. Gurdjieff's life and teaching was begun in 1996 as a Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation group project and completed in 2003. The aim was to work consciously and intentionally on a demanding and complex task to create a tribute to Gurdjieff and his teaching.
William Patrick Patterson (Actor, Director)
Studio: Arete Communications
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2007
Part I - Gurdjieff in Egypt: The Origin of Esoteric Knowledge, 60 minutes
Part II - Gurdjieff's Mission: Introducing The Teaching to the West, 1912-1924, 80 minutes
Part III - Gurdjieff's Legacy: Establishing The Teaching in the West, 1924-1949, 86 minutes
GURDJIEFF'S MISSION is the first documentary to detail Gurdjieff's unwavering struggle to fulfill his mission of establishing the ancient teaching of The Fourth Way in the West. Shot on site in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Constantinople, London, Paris and New York, the 80-minute color documentary follows Gurdjieff from his arrival in Russia in 1912 through to 1924. Having finally established his Institute for the Harmonious Development in France he risked all in a make-or-break gamble to take the teaching to America, for America, Gurdjieff believed, despite its "feverish existence" and obsession with "growing dollars," was a country which had "the largest percentage of beings in whose presences the possibility of acquiring Being is not entirely lost." The video vividly demonstrates Gurdjieff's warning to America of the rise and challenge of the East with footage recalling the 9/11 attack and its aftermath. Gurdjieff's Mission, based on William Patrick Patterson's Struggle of The Magicians, portrays Gurdjieff's enigmatic relationship with P.D. Ouspensky and the little known "St. Petersburg Conditions," his use of "divine acting," the warning to J.G. Bennett about "too much intellectual knowledge," and intensive work with A.R. Orage, renowned editor and friend of T.S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw and Ezra Pound.
About Gurdjeff - wiki
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff /???rd?i??f/ (January 13, 1866-1877?)|- October 29, 1949), also commonly referred to as Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff and G. I. Gurdjieff, was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff developed a method for doing so, calling his discipline "The Work" (connoting "work on oneself") or "the Method". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness is different from that of the fakir, monk or yogi, so his discipline is also called (originally) the "Fourth Way". At one point, he described his teaching as being "esoteric Christianity".
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