Alejandro Jodorowsky Retro
First show: July 14
To celebrate the release of ENDLESS POETRY, the Roxie conjures 4 films from the filmography of the foremost psychomagical movie-making master surrealist.
EL TOPO: 35mm – Fri, July 14 @ 7:00
Jodorowsky’s legendary, notorious cult hit essentially created the genre of the midnight movie. Incorporating influences from tarot to the Bible to surrealism into a mind-blowing western, Jodorowsky cast himself as the leather-clad gunman, El Topo, who wanders through a desert strewn with mystical symbols on an unnamed quest, leaving blood and carnage in his wake. Unspooling on a 35mm restoration overseen by the director. 1970. 124 mins.
FANDO Y LIS: DCP – Fri, July 14 @ 9:30
Using only one page script and the memory of his stage production, director Alejandro Jodorowsky blended surreal beauty and savage imagery to fashion this bizarre tale of corrupted innocence, sadomasochistic love, and unattainable paradise. Considered lost for over 30 years, Jodorowsky’s visionary first feature premiered at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival, inciting a riot that “forced the director to flee for his life. In the ensuing scandal, the film was banned. Jodorowsky was branded a heretic and forced to stand trial and nearly deported”. 1968. 96 mins.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN: 35mm
– Sat, Jul 15 @ 6:45
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN caused a scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Fest. Once again, Jodorowsky plays the allegorically named lead, “The Alchemist,” who assembles a group of people from all walks of life and renames them for the planets in the solar system. Putting his recruits through strange mystical rites, he leads them on a trip to Lotus Island to ascend the Holy Mountain. This new restored 35mm. 1973. 113 mins.
SANTA SANGRE: DCP
– Sat, July 15 @ 9:15
A lurid Oedipal masterpiece, SANTA SANGRE marked Jodorowsky’s shockingly audacious return to cinema after a long absence following THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. Squatting smack dab on the intersection between art film and (ghastly) horror movie, this visually ravishing, viscerally unhinged spectacle mingles drama, romance, surrealism & violence in a way that, at the time of its release, had writers referencing Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, by way of Buñuel. The tale opens with a young man (Axel Jodorowsky) who’s been confined in a mental hospital for years. We watch him in flashback, traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers, and he witnessed his philandering father, the knife thrower, cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), before committing suicide. Mother persuades her son to act as her arms in her bizarre nightclub act, and soon after has him performing a variety of murders, killing every female in sight. Scripted by Jodorowsky and Claudio Argento (brother of Dario), SANTA SANGRE is a truly disturbing psychedelic provocation. “I am reminded by Alejandro Jodorowsky that true psychic horror is possible on the screen–horror, poetry, surrealism, psychological pain and wicked humor, all at once. … Jodorowsky has fearlessly married magical realism to Freud”. – Roger Ebert. NC-17. 123 mins.