Last year I had the honor of spending the day with Jodorwosky -- he put on a rare seminar called "Psycho Magic, Tarot, and Creativity" for about 25 people...I happened to be one of them...it ranks as one of the trippiest, most enjoyable days of my life. Really.
But that's for another time. This weekend, The Castro Theater in San Francisco will be showing two of his classic films: El Topo and Holy Mountain. If you're not familiar with The Castro Theater, let's just say it's an old movie palace, complete with organist, that's been refurbished to all it's glory.
By the way, most of Alejandro Jodorowsky's films have been unavailable for decades as they were locked up in litigation. A deal was finally made and these two films (both from the 70s, I believe) will soon be on DVD. Until now, only his first film (Fando and Lis) and his last (Santa Sangre) were available in the US.
If you decide to check out Santa Sangre, make sure you find an UNCUT NC-17 version (like the British import pictured here) and not the "Bend over for Blockbuster and Hollywood Video R-Rated one". It's a distrubring, surreal, mysterious wonder of a picture!
Alejandro, if you're listening, thanks again!