Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen.
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…
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!
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.
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…
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…
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…
In typical Jodorowsky fashion we have a film that is violent,disturbing,sexual,spiritual and endlessly fascinating and compelling.
It's completely his own and a totally unique vision.
His work isn't for everyone but this film gave me a sense of excitement and wonder that is so rare in film.
This is truly one of the greats of cinema.
So F**ked up. Best film in a long while.
My introduction to Jodorowsky...& possible not where I should've started.
I thought it was going to be better than it actually was. Surrealism galore amidst a story around a circus performer, now confined to a mental institution, undoubtedly due to the events he experienced in the circus which we then see in flashback.
I found parts of it relatively enjoyable - the deep, richly coloured pallet & the South American soundtrack...there are some nicely choreographed scenes where Fenix (played by Axel Jodorowsky - the director's son) acts out the arm movements of his mother as if they are independent of his own body...but on the whole I didn't really like the film a great deal. Certainly not as much as I thought I was going to. Thousands did however & I'm sure there will be other Jodorowsky delights out there for me...
Link to a review here - letterboxd.com/coheed/list/cinema-of-the-abstract/
Not as beautifully constructed nor mind-bending as The Holy Mountain, but the idea of Jodorowsky doing a horror film is impossible to resist.
And it is a horror film, although it takes a while getting to that stage. I'm sure there must be a point to the scenes with the elephant and the pimp, but they seem pretty extraneous.
As bizarre as you'd hope, and enjoyably violent too. Great ending as well; I really didn't see it coming (even though I've seen the film before!).
I've heard about this movie from a Fangoria magazine. It's good, but I was expecting something better. It's from the cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky.
A good friend of mine has an enormous El Topo poster up near his front door. After seeing it countless times and never seeing the movie, when the chance came to sit and watch a movie with him, I requested El Topo. Clearly, he had an affinity for it, so I checked it out, not knowing what to expect. I was moderately hung over and sleep deprived, but the damn thing stuck with me like few films have before and I wanted to see more from Jodorowsky after the crazy, exciting experience that was El Topo.
So, this same friend loans me Santa Sangre. My wife, while watching some crazy stuff with me, can only take so much. This one…
Tasty Freudian drama with generous helpings of Jodorowsky surrealism.
- 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