A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".
In a Chilean little town, the son of an uprooted couple, formed by a rigorous communist father and a loving but weak mother, tries to pave his own path in a society that does not understand their Jewish-Ukrainian origins.
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 »
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 »
A duo's surreal and mystical search for enlightenment
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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