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“Philosopher Escaped” portrays Alexander Piatigorsky, expert on Buddhist and Indian thought, a paradoxical thinker and legendary figure in the Russian intellectual circles since the late sixties, an accomplished writer who “collects interesting people” and “does not care to prepare for death”.
The film follows him to various cities: London, his hometown since his emigration in 1974; Moscow, the city of his birth; Vienna, Riga, Paris, and Berlin, where he visits to give lectures and talk to friends, as well as to the Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, the place of his dreams and source of his research.
While the setting changes, the conversation continues unperturbed: friendly, exuberant, funny, dead serious, it invites the viewer to join in the quest for the philosopher, trying to find out how such a being can exist and what it is made of.

“In my view, Piatigorsky is one of the most intellectually exciting philosophers thinking today. I am simply thankful that, through this film, there will be many more people to share this admiration with me”.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Stanford University

“Creating films about philosophers is extremely complicated. If I were to try my hand at it, I would do it this way…”

Otar Iosseliani
film director

Special Features:
- Alexander Piatigorsky in conversation with film director Otar Iosseliani Paris, 20 October 2002
- Interview with Alexander Piatigorsky Leh, Ladakh, Northern India 25 April 2003
- Interview with Alexander Piatigorsky Père-Lachaise Cemetery, 21 October 2002
- Alexander Piatigorsky in India, spring 2003: deleted scene
- Alexander Piatigorsky in lecture in Tallinn on the occasion of the Yuri Lotman Memorial Conference at Tartu School of Semiotics, autumn 2001
- Poster gallery by Ilmars Blumbergs

52 minutes
Extra Feature: 170 minutes
Color  Spoken languages: Russian, English

Subtitles: Russian, English, German, French, Latvian, Hebrew
Video 16 : 9

More information sources:

Pjatigorskis 3Pjatigorskis 4Pjatigorskis 1Filmesana Parize 2Filmesana Parize 1Filmesana Londona 2

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