Alejandro Jodorowsky

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
This eccentric, outspoken Chilean-born director, writer and actor is best-known for two avant-garde cult films, "El Topo" (1970) and "The Holy Mountain" (1973). Jodorowsky, born to Russian immigrants, grew up in a tough ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1930 in Chile

Filmography

Actor (7)

Jodorowsky's Dune 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Dance of Reality 2014 (Movie)

Alejandro as an Adult (Actor)

The Holy Mountain 2007 (Movie)

Master (Actor)

El Topo 2006 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Nacido Sin 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Santa Sangre 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (6)

Metal Hurlant Chronicles 2014 (Tv Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Dance of Reality 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Holy Mountain 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Topo 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kaena: The Prophecy 2004 (Movie)

Additional Screenplay Contribution (Writer)

Tusk 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (6)

The Dance of Reality 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Holy Mountain 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

El Topo 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Santa Sangre 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rainbow Thief 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Tusk 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (1)

El Topo 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (1)

The Dance of Reality 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This eccentric, outspoken Chilean-born director, writer and actor is best-known for two avant-garde cult films, "El Topo" (1970) and "The Holy Mountain" (1973). Jodorowsky, born to Russian immigrants, grew up in a tough Chilean port city. His family moved to Santiago, and Jodorowsky formed a circus troupe and moved to Paris in 1955 to study mime with Marcel Marceau. By 1960, he was writing and directing for the theater, traveling between Mexico and Paris. He co-founded the surrealist review "S.NOB" and, with playwright Fernando Arrabal and artist Roland Topor, formed the theater of the absurd company (heavily influenced by Antonin Artaud) Producciones Panicas. Their first major play was the scandalous four-hour, multi-media "Sacramental Melodrama", staged at the Paris Festival of Free Expression in 1965. Eventually giving up on theater, Jodorowsky returned to Mexico, where he wrote books and comics and experimented with film. His first was "Fando and Lis" (1968), a Fellini-esque love story which was promptly banned after provoking riots.

Relationships

Valerie Jodorowsky

Wife

Axel Jodorowsky

Son

Sara Jodorowsky

Mother
died October 24, 1978, in Lima, Peru at the age of 73

Adan Jodorowsky

Son
born c. 1980

Brontis Jodorowsky

Son
born c. 1966

Teo Jodorowsky

Son
born c. 1970

Raquel Jodorowsky

Sister

EDUCATION

University of Santiago

dropped out to form his own circus troupe

studied mime with Marcel Marceau

Milestones

1997

Shot the sequel "The Sons of El Topo"

1990

Made the feature "The Rainbow Thief"

1979

Returned to film-making with "Tusk"

1973

After failure of "The Holy Mountain", dissolves Producciones Panicas and retires

1968

Directed first film, "Fando and Lis"

"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

Bonus Trivia

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Jodorowsky claims that Allen Klein, who owns the rights to "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain", destroyed both films out of spite.

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"I consider Ionesco a petty adolescent, nothing more, who is still afraid of death, who is flirting with Zen Buddhism, with neo-Aristotelian semantics, flirting with everything, but stays away from the themes he flirts with." --Alejandro Jodorowsky quoted in Drama Review, winter 1970.

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"When I start to make art I was a neurotic. ... For me, now, there is no difference between the picture and the life. Also, for me the most important thing is SHOOTING the picture, not the picture. This is my game now. It's a certain kind of way to open yourself, to progress, to be more near the completely man." --Jodorowsky quoted in a 1973 Penthouse interview

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