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Huxley On Huxley (2010)

Don Bachardy , Walter Cronkite , Mary Ann Braubach  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Bachardy, Walter Cronkite
  • Directors: Mary Ann Braubach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZBM1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Italian-born Laura Huxley, a teenage violin virtuoso, played for European royalty and made her American debut at Carnegie Hall before leaving the concert stage to become a renowned psychotherapist and author. In 1956 Laura married Aldous Huxley, author of BRAVE NEW WORLD, literary giant and prophet of the 20th century.

In the conservative 1950s, the Huxley home in the Hollywood Hills was the center of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde of Los Angeles. Guests to their famous Saturday luncheons included George Cukor, Igor Stravinsky, Orson Welles and Christopher Isherwood. The Huxleys' passionate search to find higher levels of consciousness included their controversial experimentation with psychedelic drugs. Narrated by Peter Coyote and featuring interviews with such luminaries as John Densmore, Michael Murphy, Nick Nolte and Ram Dass, HUXLEY ON HUXLEY offers a compelling glimpse of Laura's life with Aldous, as well as the revolutionary and provocative work that had a major influence on American and contemporary cultural history.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vision of Aldous Huxley July 25, 2010
Huxley on Huxley is a warm and moving dual portrait of Aldous and Laura Huxley through Laura's poignant recollections of her famous husband who authored the most influential novel of the 20th Century, Brave New World. Aldous was a prophet and his future world of the year 2,600 is here now. Aldous was a brilliant philosopher as well, helping to popularize eastern mysticism, which bloomed in the 1960s and remains as strong as ever. Yet, what is most remembered about him by those who knew him was his humility and profound kindness. He could have been rich but chose to give help to others and did so modestly with no publicity. This is the man that Laura shows viewers. And Laura Huxley was as formidable as Aldous--an accomplished concert violinist, and author of self help books long before her best sellers had their own category in book stores. She is our guide in this moving documentary crafted lovingly by Mary Ann Braubach who enlisted very willing accomplices such as narrator Peter Coyote, Nick Nolte, John Densmore (The Doors), Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Laura's granddaughter Karen Pfeiffer. As a Huxley expert (and fan) this is a treasure and one that can be appreciated by all viewers as a window to a time when intellectual humanism was still a virtue to be deeply appreciated.

David Garrett Izzo has published three books and many essays on Huxley, as well as the award-winning historical novel, A Change of Heart, in which Huxley is the main "character."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huxley on Huxley August 12, 2010
By David
Loved this film. Learned an incredible amount of information! Didn't know that much about the Huxley family, except for the basics, and was pleasantly surprised at the detail the filmmakers took the time to present. And the Jim Morrison connection is GREAT! I highly recommend this movie! You will not be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid for Huxley aficionados August 19, 2010
Good stuff, a lot here I never knew about Huxley and a great glimpse at that whole group of intellectuals who Huxley associated with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Doc! August 13, 2010
By Patrick
This is a great documentary. It moves along at a very nice pace, it covers a broad range of people and issues but it always feels centered and focused. The research is impressive, especially into the LSD testing of the time period, and you realize how much of an impact BOTH Huxley's work had on the counter-culture. A nice foray into a part of literary history I did not know much about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mrs Huxley recounts their life together March 14, 2013
By Nancy
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It is worth the time to watch this and learn more about this couple. Mrs Huxley is very interesting indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intimate look at Aldous Huxley and his wife Laura. December 4, 2012
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A very personal look at Aldous by his wife Laura. Great for people who want to know about Huxley's Mescaline experiments in Hollywood, and what it was like to live with Huxley, but other wise the DVD can be quite boring to people unfamiliar with Huxley. Since I read Brave New World in High School I've been a fan of the great man so I enjoyed this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative August 17, 2010
By Kai
After perusing the web about Huxley, I found this documentary. It was incredibly informative and fascinating, especially since I didn't know a lot about Huxley's personal life. To see it through his wife, it was a good experience. Fans of Huxley will find the details of his life and his luncheons enjoyable. Recommend for sure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not much about Huxley here December 26, 2013
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What a disappointment. I thought I would be seeing some insightful perspective on Aldous Huxley. Hardly. The comments are restricted to Laura Huxley, his second wife. The film is for and about her. She seems a bright and vital lady, but other than her marriage, not a particularly interesting one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much about Aldus
This old lady seems like she would be quite annoying, especially with her bad and thick Italian accent which she somehow never managed to lose even after moving to the States... Read more
Published 13 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching!
I was moved by this movie. Laura who recounts the story, has a very, very special aura and presence about her that gives you a sense and a clue about the essence of the man who... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vivianne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Film
This little film captures a wonderfully vibrant character, Laura Huxley (she's in her mid-90's during the filming of this movie), as she reminisces about her late husband Aldous... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reeder5
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the life of two iconic human beings
This documentary is informative , always wanted to know more about Aldous Huxley and his experimentation with LSD. His wife's life is quite interesting too.
Published 14 months ago by Mirabai
5.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly Enlightening!
I have read several books by Aldous Huxley. Enjoyed them all. This was a look at the man and his values. A surprisingly interesting read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peach Pitt
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Done
It really should be titled "Laura Huxley on Laura Huxley!" And even that is superficial. Tidbits of information but mostly repetitive and uninteresting and, I suspect, not really... Read more
Published 17 months ago by LL
1.0 out of 5 stars ZZZ
this movie is ok to fall asleep to. but the seem like like people, arrr six more words required, word.
Published 20 months ago by Mike Ortega
5.0 out of 5 stars Aldous & Laura Huxley's story
They were my inspiration in my younger days. What a pleasure to see this and hear Laua once again. A great nostalgic review.
Published 20 months ago by Richard Fairfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Which Huxley?
I watched this to find out more about Aldous Huxley, but the main focus seems to be on the greatness of Laura Huxley as seen by herself. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by Lawrence Katz
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little video on Huxley and the times
A friend sent me the link to this tape, which might be seen as a companion to Laura Achela Huxley's book This Timeless Moment. Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by Damon G. Labarbera
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