About Alejandro Jodorowsky
Jodorowsky then wrote, directed, scored and acted in the film which brought him more fame and notoriety, "El Topo/The Mole" (1970). A meandering, violent and highly impressionistic film, "El Topo" follows the travels of the eponymous hero (Jodorowsky) and his son (Jodorowsky's own seven-year-old son Brontis) as they encounter bandits, massacres, hippies and lesbians, in search of knowledge and/or redemption. A weird combination of the styles of Bunuel, Fellini, Antonioni and Russ Meyer, "El Topo" found its audience through New York's Elgin Theater, which screened the film at midnight showings every night for more than a year. Discovered by trendy downtowners, artsy intellectuals and finally by critics, "El Topo" became possibly the first "cult" film.
"The Holy Mountain" (1973), Jodorowsky's next film, was equally bizarre and portentous (many said "pretentious"). Also filmed in Mexico, "The Holy Mountain" told the story of a thief and his Dante-like travels, chock full of eye-popping sex, violence and religious references. Another midnight movie hit, "The Holy Mountain" disappointed critically and a disillusioned Jodorowsky retired to Paris.
His career never really came back to full-throttle. In 1980, Jodorowsky wrote and directed "Tusk", the tale of an elephant hunt, then went underground again until 1989, when he wrote and directed the Italian-made "Santa Sangria/Holy Blood", the story of a young serial killer (played by Jodorowsky's son Axel) redeemed through love.
|University of Santiago|
|"El Topo" plays at New York's Elgin Theater in midnight showings|
|Formed Producciones Panicas with Fernando Arrabal and Roland Topor (Paris) in the early 1960s|
|Studied mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris|
|Directed first film, "Fando and Lis"|
|After failure of "The Holy Mountain", dissolves Producciones Panicas and retires|
|Returned to film-making with "Tusk"|
|Made the feature "The Rainbow Thief"|
|Shot the sequel "The Sons of El Topo"|