In November friend, Evelien, and I went to see the documentary Samsara at the Cincinnati World Cinema. We best remember the evening for the post-film laughing jag following Evelien’s confession. She’d fallen asleep after the first 15 minutes. I won’t go into my thoughts on the various merits and misfortunes of the film. Not here. Not now. You love it or find it disappointingly flawed. For now, know that I was drawn to the movie because of the spectacular images of natural wonders in the movie’s trailer. Magnificent images were plentiful in the feature as well as some disturbing ones taken to support the political and philosophical themes of the film creators. On those themes, I will take a bye this round. There is no question, however, about the splendor of many places filmed for the picture.
One image I cannot forget is of the temples in Bagan, Mandalay. It took my breath away and has stayed in my mind since. The photo below is not from the movie, but is shot from a very similar point of view and conveys the same sense of drama and majesty as the film footage. If there were a ShangriLa, I image it like this. I want to go. To paint there. See and be and much more . . .