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The Biographies Series: History

9 of 51 programs from The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in History. Other focus areas in the series include: Literature; Performing Arts; Photography; Click for more

Mircea Eliade: His Name, His Destiny

Eliade, Mircea: His Name, His Destiny

"Recommended. This documentary is an overview of the life and work of the late scholar, Mircea Eliade. Perhaps best known for his work as editor of an encyclopedia of world religions, he was also a novelist and a scholar of the highest magnitude. The program focuses on Eliade's study of Hinduism and how that influenced his own view of religion. This influence has in turn influenced much of Western religious thinking, at least in the mainstream, since before the Second World War." -EMRO Review
This is a fascinating account of one of the noted pioneers in the systematic study of the history of the world's religions, the Romanian-born thinker, novelist, and poet, Mircea Eliade (March 9, 1907, Bucharest - April 22, 1986, Chicago). Presenting Eliade's life, from his experiences in Europe, India, and the United States, including being an Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, this insightful documentary weaves visual images of his life while inviting viewers to contemplate the mysteries of life, to consider our spirituality and to remember the sacred. An intensely prolific author of fiction and non-fiction alike, publishing over 1,300 works of literature in his lifetime, he too was a scholar of languages; he spoke five languages fluently (English, Romanian, French, German, Italian) and had a reading knowledge of three others (Hebrew, Persian and Sanskrit). One of his most significant contributions to religious studies, which brought him international fame in 1949, was his theory of "Eternal Return," along with his interpretation of religious symbols and imagery, in his book, The Myth of the Eternal Return. Produced by Angela and Dan Jelesco. 06/09DE SCA 90 min.
Also by Angela and Dan Jelesco: Romania: The Damned Dynasty
Associated Movie: Youth Without Youth - Francis Ford Coppola's feature film, based on the work of Mircea Eliade.

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