In the 1970s, his legendary films El Topo and The Holy Mountain redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece: It is the story a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, deaf-mute lover, and murder. It is an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness. It is unlike any movie you have seen before…or ever will. Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell star in this epic of surreal genius, one of the most provocative and unforgettable motion pictures experiences of our time. –Severin Films
Born in 1929 in Chile to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Jodorowsky eventually enrolled at the University of Santiago, where he developed an interest in puppetry and mime. After creating a theater company that employed 60 people, Jodorowsky departed for Paris.Once in Paris he began a lengthy collaboration with Marcel Marceau, collaborating on some of his most famous mimeograms. For the next few years, Jodorowsky would alternate between working in Mexico City and in Paris, developing his interest in the avant-garde and staging the playwrights who would be major influences on his film career, including Samuel Beckett, Ionesco, August Strindberg, and the surrealists. Especially, Theater of Cruelty champion Antonin Artaud and Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. By the mid-‘60s, the Panic Movement began and theatrical events designed to be shocking; one four-hour ephemera starred a leather-clad Jodorowsky and featured the slaughter of geese, naked women covered in honey, a crucified chicken… read more
If Norman Bates were inspired by Fellini to make a movie where he could work out his mommy issues, I imagine it would look something like this--the subject matter and the episodic nature rendered the second half of the story a little oppressive, but some of the individual scenes, such as the elephant funeral, are lodged in my brain for life.
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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s macabre masterpiece was produced by, and co written with, Claudio Argento (brother to the Italian horror master, Dario), who seems to have added atleast a touch of the giallo… read review
“I couldn’t see this movie for 20 years” Jodorowsky said after the screening “because my daughter was in it and she died after the movie and it was just too painful to watch. Looking back at it now… read review