May 19, 2013 |
CANNES - The movie with the Nazi martial-arts fight and drag queens dressed as clowns had just ended when Nicolas Winding Refn, giddy with excitement, or as giddy as droll Danes get, leaned forward in his seat and initiated a rousing round of applause. The director he was cheering, the auteur-of-the-absurd Alejandro Jodorowsky, was sitting in front of Refn at the Cannes premiere of Jodorowsky's new film, titled “La Danza de la Realidad.” Refn soon bounded to his feet, hugged the octogenarian and kept the clapping going for nearly 10 minutes.
May 16, 2013 |
CANNES, France - The Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only seven features in his nearly half-century career, but his legendary midnight movie "El Topo," a wigged-out peyote western that played to New York audiences for months in 1970, sealed his place in the annals of cult cinema. Jodorowsky last made a comeback in 1989 with the Oedipal melodrama "Santa Sangre," about a serial killer operating under the spell of his armless mother. When that project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, a journalist wondered if a decade-long break from filmmaking had left Jodorowsky rusty.
May 4, 2013 |
El Monte high school teacher Trevor Schoenfeld is an omnivorous moviegoer, the kind who wants to see films he's interested in at their first possible screening. For years, he's been willing to line up at the multiplex for the first midnight showings of mainstream releases, but lately, he's gone to theaters playing "Evil Dead," "Oblivion" and "Pain & Gain" at 10 p.m. or even 7 p.m. Thursday ahead of their official Friday openings - sometimes getting home to his four kids before the clock strikes 12. "It is much nicer to get home at midnight versus getting home at 3 a.m.," said Schoenfeld.
January 23, 2011 |
Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only half a dozen features since the 1960s (two of which he has apparently disowned), but he is a towering figure in the annals of cult cinema, the man behind the first ? and still the ultimate ? counterculture midnight movie. Jodorowsky's cosmic western "El Topo," which he wrote, directed, scored and acted in, played for months in 1971 to downtown Manhattan crowds that gathered ritualistically for a kind of stoned midnight communion. The filmmaker has contended that "head" movies are more than movies to take drugs to ?
March 16, 2007 |
As the first of a trio of his movies the Nuart is presenting over the next several days, Alejandro Jodorowsky's "El Topo" seems just as pretentious and shallow as it did more than 35 years ago, but, then as now, it is understandable why it caught on as a cult film, helping launch the enduring popularity of the midnight-movie circuit. The theater is promoting the 1971 film as "the most talked-about, most shocking, most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made."
May 4, 1990 |
Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Chilean-born maestro of wretched excess, is back at it after a 10-year absence. "Santa Sangre" (opening at the Ken tonight) is a grisly, grotesque cross between "Psycho" and the Tod Browning-Lon Chaney "The Unknown" served up with the writer-director's usual mishmash of religious and Freudian symbolism topped with Fellini flourishes.