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Productions: Movies > Milarepa (1973)




The film narrates in three chapters the legend of the Yogi Milarepa. In the first chapter, he learns the art of Black Magic causing the death not only of one of his persecutors but also of innocent young men. In the second chapter, he learns the art of White Magic during which the wise Marba leads him down the path of perfection and wisdom. And in the third chapter the mystery of transfiguration is shown while Milarepa still hasn’t managed to separate himself from the material world.

Technical Specifications

story: Liliana Cavani, adapted from Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa (Oxford University Press)
screenplay: Liliana Cavani, Italo Moscati
director: Liliana Cavani
assistant director: Paola Tallarigo
sets and costumes: Jean Marie Simon
editing: Franco Arcalli
photography: Armando Nannuzzi
music: Daniele Paris
production organizer: Sergio Iacobis
producer: Lotar Film for RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
released by: RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
origin: Italy
film: 35 mm, color
lenght: 113 minutes

Selected for…

  • In concorso al XXVII Festival di Cannes, 1974


Lajos Balàzsovitz (Lumley/Milarepa)
Paolo Bonacelli (Professor Bennett/Marpa)
Marisa Fabbri (Lumley/Milarepa’s mother)
Marcella Michelangeli (Karin/Damema)


  • “Carpine d’oro”, 1973