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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…
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 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…
My favorite by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Yes, this is another movie that tore me into millions of shreds. Jodorowsky, brought such a beautiful, dark, mesmerizing tale to the table. This film is nothing alike his other films. It's unique in many different ways. I'm not sure what it was that tore me apart completely. The performances were so full of beautiful colors and so was the dialogue. I loved the chemistry between Fenix & Alma. The two share a love that is just amazingly beautiful. This tale is alike no other you have ever seen. This film really has me forgetting everything I've ever seen. Inside Out, Santa Sangre, and Eternal Sunshine for some reason will always make me forget every other film I've ever seen.
Picked up the blu-ray from Severin over the weekend. For some reason I had forgotten that I had seen this before. It all came back to me in the opening shot. Our main character, naked and crouched up in a make shift tree in his room at the mental hospital. That's just one of the many striking images this film presents. Just a really beautiful, surreal film.
I just saw this as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
First impressions: delightful, bizarre, profound, charming, playful, horrific, melodramatic, fun, touching. Dialogue in English, sometimes a bit stilted. The characters are performers from a circus or fun-fair, so their acting is often exaggerated. It's a kind of pantomime / fable / myth / parable / tale of Good and Evil / Morality play / Revenge Tragedy. It's full of archetypal images and actions. Yes, all of that.
Santa Sangre was a Jodorowsy offering in 1989, and it's more stylish and smoothly put-together than The Holy Mountain of 1973. I enjoyed it. Some of the violent "action" scenes and heavy symbolism will stay with me: I'll still be pondering it over for a good while to come.
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My Scavenger Hunt #3 List.
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one of the greatest things to comprehend in the world of cinema is to encounter an extremely fascinating piece of false religion emblazoned with various signs that come off as hierloglyphics to the ordinary viewer. in which, Jodorowsky's main aim is to mess up your brain, electrocute it with uncanny images, and mocks at your face after with awful and acceptable glee. this journey, with the happy aura of the circus, provides an overabundance of uncertain information that enhances the orbit around the character's great pain to his supposed surmise. intermingling of the two non-related topics (the circus and…
Ainda digerindo, só consigo pensar o quanto foi belo e bizarro.
A change of pace from the other two Jodorowsky films that I have seen, Santa Sangre is not so much surrealist as it is simply weird (though usually in a good way). Much of the film is set at a circus, lending credence to the grotesque nightmares modern culture has made clowns and carnies out to be. But the film is not about the circus itself; it is about the haunting power of memory and its effect on the present, and here, the film does not seem to have too much to say.
Fenix had a rough childhood, to say the least. He grew up with a mother who almost allowed herself to be bulldozed along with her church, a…
It's like a whole new experience of watching movies.
Alejandro Jodorowsky's most accessible film that I have seen thus far is a goddamn classic! Full of his bizarre and surrealistic touches, yet sporting a more straight-forward narrative than one is afforded with El Topo or The Holy Mountain. The dash of giallo courtesy of Claudio Argento's involvement is more than welcome, and blends well with Jodo's aesthetic.
SANTE SANGRE is a pretty awful film. I watched it with my head in my hands, my expression ranging from utter bafflement, to head-shaking dismay, to the occasional burst of laughing disbelief at the lunacy I was watching.
The plot revolves around the troubled Fenix. As a boy, he lived in the circus, where his mother was a trapeze artist, and also apparently a priestess of a cult-like temple for a made-up saint. Fenix's mother gets her arms sliced off in a traumatic event that sends him to the asylum until he's a young adult, at which point he escapes and reunites with his amputee mother. They start a vaudeville act where he acts as her arms, but her influence…
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