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…
Tasty Freudian drama with generous helpings of Jodorowsky surrealism.
You can't atone for your sins with nightmares.
It's like watching an unfiltered lucid dream from the mind of Alejandro Jodorowsky. At first I was going to say nightmare, but I think this is too tame to be considered a nightmare in Jodorowsky's mind. It's probably just an average run of the mill dream for him.
That's the best description I can give. It was described to me as a "weird horror film", but weird can mean so many things and calling this a simple horror film is oversimplifying it or putting the wrong expectations out there. I prefer calling it a lucid dream caught on film, I say lucid because I think the film does make sense in it's own subconscious logic.
I made about much sense as the film.
this movie lacks the savage mystic insanity of jodorowsky's older films. there are some very good scenes in it but most of the movie borders on tedious and is hugely disappointing aesthetically if your expectations are set by the holy mountain or el topo. that said, its ok
I feel like this one peaks way too early with the Elephant's funeral. It's just such a great scene. I was kind of disappointed that this descends into auteur-Psycho in the second half too. For a film that's championed as incredibly unique, everything towards the end felt telegraphed.
Hands-down, my favourite Jodorowsky film. All the beautiful, grotesque and darkly comedic imagery you'd expect from this director, but with a tighter narrative and much shorter running time than "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain".
Unfortunately the version that I watched had awkward out of sync partly Spanish subtitling which really annoyed me, plus it's a bit of a strange watch in the middle of a library haha.
From what I can see it's my first Jodorowsky and it's right up my alley, but I'll have to wait to rewatch a better version to comment much further. It has the strangeness of Freaks with Argento and Fellini magically compellingly, woven together to tell an often sad story focusing around the impact of parents and the nature of love.
This unusual film is so many things: beautiful, sad, gory, bizarre, disturbing, funny, touching. Definitely one of the most original horror films ever made.
Shakespearean tragedy with Norman Bates as the eponymous puppet brimming with Oedipal and surrealistic undertones la Bunuel who uses Machiavellian tactics with Freud as a source of inspiration...The carnivalesque atmospherics radiates with magic and joy...Jodorowsky punctuates the screen with fanatism,occult and hallucinatory imagery...Titillation and Mutilation are effectively used to bring out carnal desires...The melancholic sounds are just the icing on the cake...
- 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