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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre ("Holy Blood"), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother.
This is my first foray into an Alejandro Jodorowsky film and I must say, I am already convinced that this man is a visionary. Santa Sangre is so surreal at times that I am thankful for the seemingly random jolt of violence which brings me back to the story.
Interestingly enough, in a movie which has a major comment on the influence people have over their children, Jodorowsky casts his own children to play the younger and older version of the main character, Fenix. The similarities in their appearance making it almost unbelievably believable that the 10-year-old version of Fenix is the same Fenix as the adult version.
Fenix grows up as a young magician in a circus, his father…
My first step into the bizarre world of Jodorowsky ... and I already can't wait to take another.
I was told that Santa Sangre is (possibly) his most "accessible" film. If that is the case, then I can't even imagine what the hell could be in store for me with El Topo and The Holy Mountain. There was not one moment of this film where I thought, "Wow, that was pretty ordinary."
And that's honestly one of the main things I loved most about it.
The film that defies description and genre pigeonholing!
Better than shrooms or dropping acid!
Lube your medulla oblongata and grab the bedpost Alejandro Jodorowsky's into prolonged mind F#cks!
Alejandro Jodorowsky is the owner of a powerful imagination, a guy who does not know the meaning of the word impossible, a guy who has no limits and who offers his audience the possibility of imagining and dreaming, of experiencing new worlds.
Produced by Dario Argento's brother - Claudio Argento -, Santa Sangre is a horror melodrama that is basically divided in two halfs. In the first half, we are able to see the mad atmosphere that surrounds the life of a young boy named Fenix. Set in a circus, the first half is partially influenced by Federico Fellini in the way the director builds his world, but always with a unique touch of himself. In the second half, Alejandro…
This is not just a movie…THIS is a cinematic orgasm! For start to finish, "Santa Sangre" stands for one brilliant sequence after another, a staggering use of color shades, sensational musical guidance, disturbing themes and some of the most original story ideas that never ever featured in cinema before! To sum the film up in simply one word, it would be: AMAZING! I caught myself staring at the screen with my eyes and mouth wide open most of the time and I kept on thinking how I never wanted this movie to end. "Santa Sangre" unhesitatingly catapulted itself in my top-5 movies of all-time and I sincerely think it's there to stay. It's not very often that you encounter a…
Tonights viewing was Santa Sangre, directed and written by surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film is about a boy who, when little, witnessed his father cut his mothers arms off in a fit of rage after she threw acid on his genitals as revenge for his infidelities. The father then cuts his own throat in front of the boy. When older, the boy ends up in a mental institution but escapes when his armless mother calls him from across the street. He then performs on-stage with his mum as a double act with him providing her arms.
It's very hard for me to review this film objectively. I'm an IT engineer. I'm a practical thinker. A linear thinker. I just…
Hands-down, my favourite Jodorowsky film. All the beautiful, grotesque and darkly comedic imagery you'd expect from this director, but with a tighter narrative and much shorter running time than "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain".
Unfortunately the version that I watched had awkward out of sync partly Spanish subtitling which really annoyed me, plus it's a bit of a strange watch in the middle of a library haha.
From what I can see it's my first Jodorowsky and it's right up my alley, but I'll have to wait to rewatch a better version to comment much further. It has the strangeness of Freaks with Argento and Fellini magically compellingly, woven together to tell an often sad story focusing around the impact of parents and the nature of love.
This unusual film is so many things: beautiful, sad, gory, bizarre, disturbing, funny, touching. Definitely one of the most original horror films ever made.
Shakespearean tragedy with Norman Bates as the eponymous puppet brimming with Oedipal and surrealistic undertones la Bunuel who uses Machiavellian tactics with Freud as a source of inspiration...The carnivalesque atmospherics radiates with magic and joy...Jodorowsky punctuates the screen with fanatism,occult and hallucinatory imagery...Titillation and Mutilation are effectively used to bring out carnal desires...The melancholic sounds are just the icing on the cake...
Santa Sangre is a hugely frustrating film. There are too many indelible, striking images for me to dismiss it completely. An elephant spewing blood from its trunk, a tattooed woman getting turned on by knife-throwing, and white zombies rising from their graves are just a few of the eye-popping fantasias that Jodorowsky manages to pull out of his skull. At same time however, Santa Sangre lacks that alchemical, combustible mixture of religion, sex, violence, and genre subversion that makes El Topo a consistently engaging experience.
It doesn't help that something feels very off about the way Santa Sangre looks. I mentioned something similar in my review of Candyman, and I know it's a vague sentiment. But, I could never settle into the film because some aspect of the color grading or lighting just kept bugging me. Again, I don't know if this is a problem with the film, or with the DVD I watched.
Imagine if David Lynch directed a Mexican 'Psycho' and you're not even halfway there.
only in the 70s/with jodorowsky could you have a man feed a bunch of kids with down syndrome cocaine and take them to a brothel.
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"You're about to witness the ultimate miracle. The transformation from death into life."
Nothing could have prepared me for Santa Sangre. I've read reviews. I've seen previews. Without actually experiencing Jodorowsky's film, there's no possible way of understanding the brilliance. Santa Sangre contains some of the most intriguing and boundary pushing concepts that I've ever seen in a film. It felt like every detail represents something important. While I don't pretend to understand each and every little message that Jodorowsky was trying to get across, the few that I was able catch were incredibly powerful. The entire film had me considering some of life's most difficult and intriguing question. Jodorowsky addresses the hypocrisy…
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- The Cremaster Cycle
- Sweet Movie
- The Holy Mountain
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps