To celebrate the release of ENDLESS POETRY, the Roxie conjures 4 films from the filmography of the foremost psychomagical movie-making master surrealist. Films include:
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. 1970.
FANDO Y LIS
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. 1968.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
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. 1973.
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.
San Francisco: July 14 - 15 at the Roxie.