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#971. Kundun

  • Year: 1997
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English/Tibetan/Mandarin
  • Production: Touchstone, Buena Vista, 134m
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Producer: Barbara De Fina
  • Screenplay: Mellissa Mathison
  • Photography: Roger Deakins
  • Music: Philip Glass
  • Cast: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
  • Oscar Noms: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score

Abridged Book Description

An Italian-American filmmaker best known for his depiction of New York's mean streets may not at first seem the most obvious choice to bring Kundun, the story of the Dalai Lama, to the big screen. Yet ironically, as with his equally incongruous Edith Wharton adaptation The Age of Innocence, Martin Scorsese proves the perfect shepherd for such a difficult tale... Shot mostly with indigenous (albeit English-speaking) actors on location in Asia, Kundun features spectacular mountain-filled vistas that continually emphasize the smallness of man in the universe, even a man of such esteem as the Dalai Lama.