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Mindwalk [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye, Emmanuel Montes
  • Directors: Bernt Amadeus Capra
  • Writers: Bernt Amadeus Capra, Floyd Byars, Fritjof Capra
  • Producers: Adrianna A.J. Cohen, Klaus Lintschinger, Robin Holding, Stephanie Moore
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302670306
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

"A film for passionate thinkers."

This strange experiment in filmed conversation finds three people--a physicist, a poet, a politician--yammering about the environment, science, art, government, and much else, all in an effort either to find or to dispute connections between disparate subjects. There is no story, as such--just lots of chatter (much of it not particularly profound) shot against a variety of picturesque backgrounds. If director Bernt Capra thought this would turn out to be another My Dinner with André, that fantasy falls on its face. --Tom Keogh

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152 of 158 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
At first glance, this video may seem a bit dry. After all, how intersting can it be to listen to a poet, politician and physicist talking about quantum physics and worldviews, right? The answer to that question lies deep in your heart, soul and consciousness. If you watch this movie, you cannot help but view the world through an entirely different lens.
Each member of our family has enjoyed the richness of Mind Walk several times. Our children range in age from 13 to 20 and we find this is a wonderful way to open their minds to the challenges of clinging to a Cartesian worldview. Sharing the movie as a family sparks amazingly deep conversations about the important issues that face our generations. We have noticed a quickening in their understanding of the holistic view of nature, man and the universe. Our two oldest children have used Mind Walk to write papers for school on the emerging worldview. What a gift to learn about this open and hopeful way of viewing the world at their age! My husband and I only wish we had learned of this in our teens rather than waiting until we were adults to fully understand the interconnectedness of all living things - and that all of nature is enchanted and alive.
I recommend this video to you, your family, your friends and acquaintances. It is a gift to your soul and the souls of others - from the soul of the world.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
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I too have watched this one multiple times. Music by Phillip Glass, poetry by Pablo Neruda, physics by Fritjof Capra... The interplay among the diverse personalities of poet (philosopher), politician (pragmatist), and physicist (intellectual) is beautifully orchestrated and wonderfully inclusive. The illustrative presentations of extremely complex subjects, as well as the "inconclusiveness" of the film's "message" is what draws you back time and again. We are left wiser in our understanding, but it is left to each of us to figure out what it means for us on a personal level. Just as with the characters of the film, you are left feeling as if you have truly reached a "Turning Point" in your own life. It is truly a movie for the mind, but watch it with your whole heart and soul.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
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Mind Walk is a movie made in the shadow lands of the cinematic market place that creates a monumental and intricate summation of where this world is in terms of nature and human intervention. This film can can be mined again and again on multiple levels for thought provoking excursions. It is exactly as the title says...a Mind Walk. The acting is absolutely superlative...and there is "real" acting from first frame to last in a very controlled, steady pace that goes from scattered generalties of Western thought down to literally a sub-atomic introspection and then back to a new, generalized view of EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY that is called Systems Theory. What makes the 'walk' all the more fun is the effort of the poet and politician to press the scientist, in an unrelenting and mentally rigorous manner, to tether her theory to the here and now. The three principles of this 'afternoon of conversation' on ancient Mount St. Michel, do this quite well to the subtle backdrop of a typically repetitive Philip Glass sound track that adds another thread that links this single afternoon, just as the tide coming back in around the small island completes a cycle.
This movie engages your mind and your soul. YOU also 'walk' away with something...a new point of view.
It is no wonder main stream corporate America is giving this whole idea of Systems Theory a second look. To regard any moderate to very complex issue these days without this vision is like failing to show up.
If you crave violence and lust for mindless fiction, then this movie would be your ultimate torture test. Don't go there. On the other hand, if you are searching for a quiet, poetic journey that covers the most sublime and momentous issues of our age, then buy this movie NOW!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P. Jackson on November 26, 2004
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Despite the comments made by other reviewers, this movie is entertainment. Not in the let's kill a few people or laugh at people mode, but in the way it tries to explore the effects that modern physics may have on the way we think about the world. If you are at all intellectually curious, you should see this movie. It may not be correct in some places, but the stimulation to think is there.

This movies is not intended to be "art" in any sense of the word and if you think that it is meant to be, you should look elsewhere. Fritjof Capra (on whose ideas this film has some basis) has some interesting views about physics which are somewhat "mystical" and which I do not necessarily share, however he prodded my thinking with his book "The Tau of Physics" when it was first published in 1975 and caused me to look at the world in a different way. This film attempts to do the same using a Poet, a Politician and a Physicist in the backdrop of the Mont St Michel off the coast of France (Brittany) to explain some of the discoveries of modern physics and relate them to how it affects the average person and if, indeed, it really matters whether we understand the underlying structure in the universe. Note the choice of protagonists. The film is excellent in the way it looks at the world through the eyes of the individuals and tries to reconcile the non intutitive deductions of modern physics.

Enjoy the film and take it for what it was meant to be, a brief introduction to modern physics and the relevance it may have to us.
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