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Huxley On Huxley

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • 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: #159,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Huxley On Huxley" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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.

Laura Huxley was the type of gregarious spirited woman, very unlike himself, that Huxley preferred. Protective and admiring of her famed husband, her quaint loyalty is obvious in this wonderful documentary. The video has old clips and new interviews of Huxley's illustrious friends at that period of his life. There is the diminutive Don Bachardy talking about Huxley and Isherwood, Stavinsky banging on a piano, Ram Dass jesting wittily, and the articulate Michael Murphy co-founder of Esalen describing Huxley as "intellectual royalty" from England, though living in California, the frontier, and therefore being able to "get away with more". And though one might not expect much in the way of insight from a rock drummer, some very interesting comments comes from john Densmore of the Doors. Ms Huxley can sound a bit self promoting or cheesy at times, but her allegiance is unchallengeable. Her efforts have probably introduced some individuals who might not otherwise be familiar with Huxley. Tough focussing on his kindness (which was really not kindness but a sort of detached avoidant style that might be taken as kindness superficially) she does seem to have really admired him, and her protective sentimentality may be just what Huxley needed at that time in his life. She also has the touching manner of mimicking his literary cadences in her own writing--she was not by nature a writer and must have read and reread what he wrote. And her own humor and kindness is evident in her coy description of Timothy Leary, whom most regarded as a shallow poseur, as a "public man". As to her amazement that Huxley chose her among the many women pursuing him....well, Huxley liked spirited women, if his novels are any indication, and he was both an Italianophile and musicophile. Worth a look... Damon LaBarbera, PhD
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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 chose her as his wife. I was also touched by the picture of Ramana Maharshi, the famous great Indian saint, in black and white which was shown at times during the movie. Had he been a follower of Ramana, was it Laura, had he met Ramana? Beautiful movie. It put me in touch with the aura and essence of Aldous Huxley, something palpable, yet undescribable with words...
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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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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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