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La Danza de la Realidad (2013)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and ... See full summary »

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Pamela Flores ...
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Bastián Bodenhöfer ...
General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Andres Cox ...
Don Aquiles
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Theosophist (as Cristobal Jodorowsky)
Alisarine Ducolomb ...
Jorobada
Sergio Vargas ...
Carpintero
Patricio Bambrilla ...
Propagandista
Juan Quezada ...
Pastor Evangélico
Adrián Salgado ...
Payaso Lechuga / Guatón González
Eugenio Morales ...
Payaso Zanahoria
Italo Tai ...
Payaso Piripipi / Dueño del Bar
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Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations. Written by Production

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,100 (USA) (6 June 2014)

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$189,500 (USA) (22 June 2014)
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The film's cast and crew feature a number of Alejandro Jodorowsky's family members. His son, Brontis Jodorowsky plays Jaime. Adan Jodorowsky plays the Anarchist, and composed the music for the film. Axel Jodorowsky plays Theosophist. Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, Alejandro's wife, designed the costumes for the film. Alejandro Jodorowsky directed, wrote, produced and portrayed himself in the film. See more »

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Alejandro as an Adult: [From film trailer] You and I, have only been memories, never reality. Something is dreaming us, surrender yourself to illusion. Live! Everything that you will become, you already are. What you search for, is already within you. Rejoice in your sufferings, thanks to them, you will reach me.
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Reality is a subjective concept
9 April 2014 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

If you're familiar with Jodorowsky's films ('The Holy Mountain' / 'El Topo') you are already aware that your chances of fully understanding the menagerie he presents is futile; whole books can and have been written in an effort to deconstruct his symbolism and celebrate his imagery. It's very easy to focus on the humor and find distraction in the surrealism of his films – that was always the initial draw for me - but his ambitions are of substance with meanings often relevant only to the director himself. The seed of this film is an autobiographical story of Jodorowsky's early childhood in the isolated coastal city of Topopilla, Chile where he experienced alienation as a displaced Ukrainian Jew. Jodorowsky insists that reality is a subjective concept and he immediately describes his setting as a circus with an overbearing father who dresses as Stalin and a mother whose lines are entirely delivered in operatic sing-song.

The film is as much about his father's journey through life as it is his own and the performances are so passionate and over-the-top that, along with his vivid pallet of colors, there is a 'cartoon' quality to the experience. All whimsy aside, this is one of his most cohesive narratives and he refers to 'The Dance of Reality' (his first film in 23 years) as a therapeutic endeavor – or 'psychomagic' – intended to heal residual, family-related psychological distress. Films made for an audience of one will always be a challenge but it's an absolute privilege to be allowed a peek into the mind of such a unique artist.


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