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This [[Performer~P110533~Martin Scorsese~martinscorsese]] film drama detailing the [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]]'s life story was in development for seven years, with the [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]] having input into the 14 screenplay drafts by [[Performer~P101706~Melissa Mathison~melissamathison]] ([[Feature~V5944~The Black Stallion~theblackstallion]], [[Feature~V15032~E.T.~et:theextraterrestrial]]). With four actors portraying the [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]] at different ages, [[Performer~P110533~Scorsese~martinscorsese]]'s chronicle begins in 1933 with the death of the 13th [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]]. Born in a remote area, the new [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]] (seen at ages two and five in early sequences) is observed by monks who determine that he is the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. In 1944 the [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]] uses newsreels and Western magazines to study WWII events, and as the war ends, he is forced to deal with Chinese Communist aggression. Protests from the [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]] in 1949 are ignored as Mao ([[Performer~P232674~Robert Lin~robertlin]]) maintains a military stranglehold on Tibet, eventually forcing the [[Performer~P288732~Dalai Lama~thedalailamaxiv]] to flee to Dharmsala, India. With a $28 million budget, [[Performer~P110533~Scorsese~martinscorsese]] re-created Tibet's tragedy by filming in south-central Morocco with a cast of nonprofessional Tibetan actors. Second unit work took place at locations in Idaho and British Columbia. Avant-garde composer [[Performer~P91719~Philip Glass~philipglass]] contributed a score with hypnotic, ritualistic overtones. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:December 6, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Philip Glass Best Music Score 1997 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Glass Best Original Score 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Philip Glass Best Dramatic Score 1997 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1997 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1997 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Ferretti Best Costume Design 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Ferretti Best Art Direction 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francesca Lo Schiavo Best Art Direction 1997 Nominee

Cast

Gyurme Tethong
as Dalai Lama (age 12)
Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
as Dalai Lama (age 5)
Tenzin Yeshi Paichang
as Dalai Lama (age 2)
Tencho Gyalpo
as Mother
Tsewang Migyur Khangsar
as Father
Gyatso Lukhang
as Lord Chamberlain
Robert Lin
as Chairman Mao

Crew

Martin Scorsese
Director
Barbara de Fina
Producer
Melissa Mathison
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Thelma Schoonmaker
Editor
Dante Ferretti
Production Designer
Franco Ceraolo
Art Director
Massimo Razzi
Art Director
Melissa Mathison
Co-producer
Laura Fattori
Executive Producer
Francesca Lo Schiavo
Set Designer
Dante Ferretti
Costume Designer
Clive Winter
Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Lewis
Casting
Philip Pfeiffer
Second Unit Director
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