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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.
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 halves. 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 Jodorowsky offers…
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…
Santa Sangre is another recommendation from Hentai Cop, and he compared it to Only God Forgives, so I HAD to give it a watch. That said I really have no clue what the hell I just watched, but I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy every minute of it. Will be ordering the blu ray soon to give this the rewatch it definitely needs.
120 hypnotic minutes of weirdness... as always when you see a movie by this director. Still fascinating due to the movies fantastic atmosphere, these wonderful images ... and did I mention the weirdness?
I had only seen El Topo previously and now I really want to dive into to Jodorowsky's work. A depressing, but gorgeous film.
(This review was originally posted on Rotten Tomatoes on July 24, 2014. The review has minor editing changes, but virtually remains the same. Also, this film should provide an example of what I consider heavily visualize story, and how to use minimal dialogue in a masterfully. It's balances both perfectly, and each narrative device either be solely visual or the dialogue still tell a compelling story alone, but together its an achievement. I decided to repost here on Letterboxd since I've to write a strong positive review on any film I've seen.)
Santa Sangre follows a young man named Fenix from his traumatizing childhood through the present attempting to live a normal life. The film narrative is straightforward while the…
"Wildly Creative Psychic Movie"
Horror, Poetry, Surrealism, Psychological Pain and Wicked Humor, All at once
It's an interesting film and I felt the influence of Werner Herzog and Hitchcock, but it wasn't quite as good as their films. I really liked the later part of the film when the son becomes the hands of his mother, that was incredible and beautifully done. I feel like that should have been the main film.
Hauntingly moving; very well directed - Beautiful.
I only wish this was the type of film that EVERYONE was religious about. These are the kind of pictures that last forever.
Το ομορφότερο παραμύθι, η ωραιότερη παραίσθηση που είχα ποτέ στη ζωή μου.
Uma das obras mais pessoais e pra muitos perturbadora de um dos mestres do cinema extremo Jodorowsky, além de todo universo clássico do cinema de horror (com direito a homenagem á outros clássicos) o surrealismo e a sua paixão pelo universo circense. Uma experiência incrível, OBRA-PRIMA. Eu amo esse filme.
Now I wish Jodorowsky had done more horror movies.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.