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Fando and Lis (1968)

Fando y Lis (original title)
Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Writers:

Fernando Arrabal (play), Fernando Arrabal (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Kleiner ... Fando (as Sergio Klainer)
Diana Mariscal Diana Mariscal ... Lis
María Teresa Rivas María Teresa Rivas ... Fando's Mother
Tamara Garina Tamara Garina ... Pope
Juan José Arreola Juan José Arreola ... Well-Dressed Man with Book (as Juan Jose Arreola)
Rene Rebetez Rene Rebetez
Amparo Villegas
Miguel Álvarez Acosta Miguel Álvarez Acosta ... (as Lic. Miguel Alvarez Acosta)
Raul Romero Raul Romero
Julio Castillo Julio Castillo
Adrián Ramos Adrián Ramos ... (as Adrian Ramos)
Henry West Henry West
Luis Urias Luis Urias
Valerie Jodorowsky ... Junkyard Temptress / Woman with Leg Brace (as Valerie-Jean)
Graciela R. de Mariscal Graciela R. de Mariscal ... Entertained Woman
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Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 1972 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Fando and Lis See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Producciones Panicas See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When the film premiered at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival, the first screening erupted into a riot. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky had to leave the theatre by sneaking outside to a waiting limousine. When the crowd outside the theatre recognized him, the car was pelted with rocks. The following week, the film opened to sell-out crowds in Mexico City, but fights broke out in the audiences and the film was banned by the Mexican government. Jodorowsky himself was nearly deported and the scandal provided a lot of fodder for the Mexican newspapers. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time... a long, long time ago... there was a mystical city, Tar. And at that time all the cities were intact and flourishing, because the final war had not yet begun. When the great catastrophe occurred, all the cities crumbled... except Tar. Tar still exists. If you know where to look for it, you will find it. And when you get there you will be presented with wine and water and play with a gramophone. When you get there, you will help harvest grapes and you will pick ...
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Shortly after Federico Fellini's Satyricon was released to appreciative audiences in the USA, an English dubbed version was hurriedly released that was re-edited to appear more "Felliniesque" and was 13 minutes shorter than the original edit. It was a critical and financial flop. See more »

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A duo's surreal and mystical search for enlightenment
7 January 2000 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

Shot using only a one page script and Jodorowsky's memory of the stageplay, Fando & Lis is a tale of the two people in the title, a man, Fando, and his disabled female partner, Lis, who can't walk but does stand up on one occasion. They set off together to search for the mystical city of Tar, with Lis most of time being on a four-wheel cart along with a gramophone and a drum, and Fando pushing her. He also carries her as well. This reminded me of the man and woman in Jean Luc Godard's Week-End from the same year. On their escapade they encounter some strange characters like the mud people and a man playing a burning piano. There is all the usual Jodorowsky elements with surreal and obscure symbolism and for ninety-six minutes all rational thought is disbanded. It is in Jodorowsky's words, "a pure piece of art without any concession". It is provoking and leads to a savage conclusion, but it is not as accomplished as Jodorowsky's later work.


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