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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.
Wow, I haven't watched this film in years and forgot how much I loved it! This was the first Jodorowsky film I had the opportunity to see and I'm almost certain I still have the vhs tape buried somewhere in my closet. I really want the soundtrack now.
Pode até ter gente que não gosta, mas é impossível não ficar marcado por um filme do Jodorowsky. O cara é um artista visual de primeira, cria imagens impressionantes. Ele é a prova de que ninguém precisa de CGI e rios de dinheiro pra fazer filmes visualmente fortes. (Aliás, Hollywood tem apresentado uma caralhada de filmes feitos com CGI e rios de dinheiro que são absolutamente pobres, só pirotecnia e nenhuma substância) Criatividade e inteligência contam muito mais.
Leave it to the brilliant visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky to take the generic conventions of a story involving a little boy growing up in the wacky world of the circus unit and make it become a seriously demented mindfuck. That Jodorowsky has made one of the great occult-themed movies through such a simple premise may in fact make "Santa Sangre" all the more special to marvel over. The man already has a deft feeling for emotion, but only has access to it via the design of his framework. There isn’t necessarily anything evil coming from his film; even when the substance includes such darkness. If anything, the film is deeply hopeful and transcendent - a meditation on the silliness of life and fears of death.
"My hands! My hands! MY hands!"
All in all, lesser Jodorowsky is still Jodorowsky, an artist with a truly unique filmmaking voice, but it's still odd to see him taking cues from other directors. Touches of Fellini are spattered here and there, and the entire second half of the film might as well be a none-more-Oedipal prequel to Psycho, and it almost feels as if Jodorowsky has diluted his own voice.
That being said, the first act is pure Jode, full of all the castration, inappropriate eroticism and extravagant costuming we've come to know him for. I was astonished to find that I was actually feeling legitimate emotions towards actual characters in a Jodorowsky movie, even if this sensation faded…
Let's get strange with Santa Sangre!
A film by Alejandro Jodorowsky or better to say: the guy who wanted to make Dune the biggest bad ass movie of all time.
Yes this guy is one of the film masters a lot off people didn't heard of. Strange? No! His style of filmmaking is really diffrend and sometimes over the top weirdness. And Santa Sangre is really no exeption!
It's a movie in 2 parts, wich the first part (the childhood) is the best. It's typical Jodorowsky style: a lot of figurants, strange locations, weird bas-ass characters and a lot of over the top events!
If you like that idea, you really have to watch this movie and The Holy Mountain…
I don't know if this is a good movie, but if nothing else, it's definitely one of the least boring movies ever made. Absolutely nothing in this movie or The Holy Mountain seems to relate to regular human society; to quote another review, "There was not one moment of this film where I thought, 'Wow, that was pretty ordinary.'" It's like Jodorowsky is some sort of alien... and essentially, that's the main reason to watch his movies. If Tommy Wiseau was given larger budgets and an unlimited supply of hallucinatory drugs, he'd probably make something similar to Santa Sangre.
"Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen "
Oh ok then, can I forget this film too?
This film is rich in iconic imagery it's also one of the more "mainstream" of Alejondro jordorosky's films. It's still very artsy but it does have some connections to commercial horror/thriller films. The actress who plays the female lead does an amazing job with the part. Hands play a significant role in this film so be sure to keep an eye on them.
For an introduction to Jodorowsky, this was pretty great.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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