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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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An excerpt of dialogue plays out the otherwise instrumental track 'The Hawthorne Passage' by American blackened folk metal band Agalloch on their 2002 album The Mantle

Lis (singing): Yo moriré y nadie se acordará de mí. De mí... Fando: Sí, Lis, yo me acordaré de ti e iré a verte al cementerio con una flor y un perro, y en tu funeral cantaré, en voz baja, "¡Que bonito es un entierro!" See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

Shortly after 's 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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visionary, disjointed, profound
5 July 2000 | by creadSee all my reviews

Jodorowsky's first film has recently been released on DVD with director's commentary and documentary, and it is looking beautiful for a 'lost' low-budget film. A frequently disjointed film, although to be honest not as much as El Topo, Jodorowsky's adaption of a bizarre stage production (filmed from memory with a one-page outline script) creates some of his most affecting images despite the low-budget. The narrative, which may seem annoying for those unaccustomed to Jodorowsky's work, actually develops in quite a mature and artistic manner; Jodorowsky shows a great understanding of his art despite the fact this was his first feature. But, as Jodorowsky himself says about this film, it is a pure work of art - i.e. a film created without any thought going into what the audience will think about it, he was filming from the heart. So it does drag in places and the pacing prevents any but the most arty of us to be excited by it. But if you liked El Topo (etc.), give it a go.


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