Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Jodorowsky Constellation, documentary on the famous Chilean writer, director and artist about his work
video topic: art, literature
entry type: documentary
video title: The Jodorowsky Constellation
artist featured: Alexandro Jodorowsky
director: Louis Mouchet
producer: Les Films Grain de Sable
run time: 90 min
size: 690 mb
release date: 1994
description and preview:
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This is a fascinating documentary about the Chilean writer, director, artist Alexandro Jodorowsky. The interviewer Louis Mouchet asks Jodorowsky a potpourri of questions about his films, philosophy, art, and his opinion and feelings on a host of subjects. Mouchet begins the interview with the simple, but spellbinding, inquisition: "who are you?", to which Jodorowsky replies with a tale of the Emperor of China. He states that when we can define ourselves we cease to be. He shares with us his thoughts and definitions of his lifelong quest for knowledge and the unknown, and his exploits into the Panic Movement in France, and his drawings and art and how he avoided the lynching by the audience at the premiere of Fando and Lis. There are also interviews with his associates Fernando Arrabal, Marcel Marceau, Jean Giraud and the musician Peter Gabriel. We also learn of his plans of the project of Dune, which fell through and was later made by David Lynch. There is also an interesting and amusing look at Jodorowsky as an orator in a class of students, in which Mouchet is invited to join in. It is a fascinating and enlightening look at the life and works of this creative and artistic guru.
Fascinating and challenging, Alexandro Jodorowsky is a multi-talented person: director of cult-movies (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, SANTA SANGRE... ), founder of the "Panique" movement, performer of provocative happenings, mime artist, successful comic strip writer (the INCAL, ALEPH TAU, THE WHITE LAMA...), animator of the "Mystical Cabaret", Tarot card master, launcher of the "psycho-magic"....
This is the quest of the multiple facets of Jodorowsky and includes views of those who have been closely connected to him (Fernando Arrabal, Peter Gabriel, Marcel Marceau, Jean "Moebius" Giraud, the karate champion Jean-Pierre Vignau). They appear like mirrors in this quest and reveal that the only important search is for oneself.
The film ends with a unique experience: a live performance of a "psycho-magic" act.
Original Music by Dorothy Cox
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