Any fans here? I know there has to be some.
If you don't know who Jodorowsky is he's a man who has basically done everything. He's done theater, written novels, studied mime with Marcel
Marceau, worked in comics and is most known for directing films. His most well known are the amazing movies El Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre.
As a director, Jodorowsky isn't like most. He rarely uses known actors and tries not to use actors at all, but rather people he finds.
His movies, especially El Topo and Holy Mountain, are a mix of allegory, surreal, beautiful and disturbing imagery, philosophy, metaphysics and
religion. His movies are so dense with evocative imagery that they can be fatiguing, but it's worth it to experience films that are so unique. I
think anyone who complains about Hollywood should see them, because you'll either fall in love or you'll appreciate the mundane Hollywood fare more.
If you're looking for something new and/or you love the strange and surreal you owe it to yourself to look him up. Think David Lynch's Eraserhead
with color and a strong philosophical bent.
JUST SO YOU KNOW, Jodorowsky's films are filled with nudity, both female and male, sacrilegious imagery, deformed actors (though I don't believe
they're being used exploitationally) and many other things that some people will find unpleasant.
Here's a brief run down of his big three. I've omitted quite a bit of the plot to keep things fresh for those who choose to seek the movies out,
though they're not really the kind of movies that can be spoiled:
1. El Topo
- An allegoric western that first follows a gunslinger who is convinced by a woman to
take on the four master master gunslingers that reside in a desert. Each represent a different religion or philosophy. In its second part, the
gunslinger tries to help the deformed and inbred outcasts escape the cave they've been exiled to by going into the wildly debauched town nearby to
beg. This is considered the first "midnight movie" and was championed by people like John Lennon and Roger Ebert.
2. Holy Mountain
- The film at first follows a man referred to as The Thief who wakes up and slowly
learns about money, alcohol and religion. His lust for gold takes him to the top of a giant tower where he meets a man known as The Alchemist. The
Alchemist tells him he can turn human excrement into gold, but that more importantly he can offer enlightenment, turning the excrement that is The
Thief into something more. There are others who are on the journey to enlightenment, the journey to conquer The Holy Mountain, and the bulk of the
movie is short vignettes of the seven others, each representing the planets of the solar system. The final part of the movie is the intense struggle
up the Holy Mountain. This is probably my favorite of his. It's also his strangest.
3. Santa Sangre
- Jodorowsky's take on the horror film, the movie's first part involves a young boy
who is part of a circus. His mother is part of a cult that worships a girl who was raped and had her arms cut off and his father is an adulterous
knife thrower. Circumstances lead the boy to growing up in an insane asylum until he is reunited with his mother. I don't want to say too much. This
is probably Jodorowsky's most normal film. It has a strong and straightforward narrative and the imagery isn't as insane as Holy Mountain or El
Topo's. Still, it's an incredible and at many times beautiful looking movie. SANTA SANGRE IS CURRENTLY ON NETFLIX INSTANT.
I genuinely can't recommend Jodorowsky enough.