Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
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…
I feel ashamed to admit this, but I didn't really care for Santa Sangre. Reading about it, I feel like I should; the psychological elements are there, the imagery is vivid and bold. I get what people see in it. But something didn't hit with me. It didn't scare me, or freak me out, or leave me feeling disturbed, and I can't put my finger on why (how I could remain not freaked out by circusfolk, you've got me). My friend pointed out that the perspective is interesting, but in that case, I'd rather watch Repulsion, a film that got into my head far more effectively and was also told from a similar perspective.
This is a film that steadily creeps into the viewer's mind. One doesn't quite realize just how bizarre the world is until the credits begin to roll. It must absolutely be commended for its vision and the associated creativity on display. I kind of question the staying power the film will ultimately have. It's memorable for its vision, but true staying power is found in the characters. The characters, while memorable in certain respects, fail to really stand-out in ways that will truly render the film timeless. With that said, this is a damn strong cinematic viewing for those who are not opposed to graphic sexuality and violence.
A tale of lost love and woman killing.
Jodorowsky's most violent film. Great themes and imagery. Oedipa gone awfully wrong. Mystic mommy issues. Perfect score and acting. One of my fave first watch of K16.
That is one of the best cinematic experiences I have ever had in my entire life!
This is the type of movie that Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton try to make but can't always pull off. This is a film that tells a linear narrative that is easy to follow, yet it's odd images and stylistic touches keep it in a heightened space above reality. Jodorowsky worked with other screenwriters this time and I think this helped him a lot. I actually wouldn't classify it as a horror film. I took most of the surreal and dreamlike sequences as dark poetry mixed with dark humor. However, the parts that are horror REALLY go horror, better than most films. So, if…
Nearly twenty years after coming forth with his second 'cult' film, El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky practically outdid himself, so to speak, with Santa Sangre. Here is a film that is a bit more polished than El Topo's very rough, exploitation style of art-house movie-making. It's a film with some symbolic touches that, unlike the former, actually hit the mark. It's a filmmaker totally in tune with what he wants to say on film, however absurd it might be sometimes on screen, and it comes off in a very particular, memorable way.
One of the things that kept me riveted to the film was, above all else, it really worked most of the time like a silent film. In general, the…
After not seeing it for five years I almost forgot how much of a masterpiece this is. And I don't use that word lightly, at least in this case. Jodorowsky's madness is a little more "tame" if compared to the wilder parts of El Topo or Holy Mountain, but the Fellini comparison critics make is hard not to miss, though based of course on it being a circus-like atmosphere for most of it.
And along with the mother-son Freud craziness, there's the wonderful sense of play and performance, and how Jodorowsky as a director constantly grapples with the problem of making a film about a sensational character and his sensational murders and performances.
The surrealism is some of the finest…
Jodorowsky never ceases to enthrall me with his visions.
Like Dario Argento on acid, on acid.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.