Kundun is a 1997 American epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the life and writings of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama , the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet .
Amazon.com. For the second of 1997's dueling Buddhist epics (the other being Seven Days in Tibet, scored by John Williams), director Martin Scorsese made a wise--if commercially challenging--choice in tapping noted minimalist composer Philip Glass to score Kundun. Glass (who's previously scored the avant garde documentary Koyaanisqatsi trilogy, Mishima, and the strange Candyman horror series), is the perfect choice here; his own Buddhist beliefs play a key role in meshing image and music.
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Jan 16, 1998 · "Kundun" is structured as the life of the 14th Dalai Lama, but he is simply a vessel for a larger life or spirit, continuing through centuries. That is the film's strength, and its curse. It provides a deep spirituality, but denies the Dalai Lama humanity; he is permitted certain little human touches, but is essentially an icon, not a man.
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The cover of Kundun makes you think "kids movie," until you see who directed it: Scorsese. No one gets whacked, and the film is nearly bloodless, (compared to, say, Goodfellas), but if it wouldn't ...
By STEPHEN HOLDEN. o call "Kundun" the most visually stunning religious storybook ever filmed is not to say it's a great movie. A glittering historical pageant infused with gorgeous, pulsing music...
The weakness of Kundun is that since Scorsese wasn’t confident or knowledgeable enough about Tibet and its Buddhist religion, he had to use the Dalai Lama as a source of reference for the film. Even though the film might be authentic in scope it, nevertheless, lacks the artistic spark of spontaneity a great work of art must have.
Dec 24, 1997 · To call ''Kundun'' the most visually stunning religious storybook ever filmed is not to say it's a great movie. A glittering historical pageant infused with gorgeous, pulsing music by Philip Glass ...
- Stephen Holden
4. Compare and contrast Kundun and Michael Collins describing the situations they faced, their response to the situations, how their response to the situations changed over time, and the political/religious theory they applied. See Learning Guide to “ Michael Collins “. 5. Why do you think Kundun’s pleas to the West for help went unanswered?