Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Santa Sangre (1989)
Critics always compare Alejandro Jodorowsky to Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks) mainly for their mutual obsession with circus life and freaks in general. This film however is usually related to Browning's Alonzo The Armless with Lon Chaney Sr. Mainly for the murdering, armless knife throwing killer but if you think back Alejandro Jodorowsky has already explored this in El Topo. We have that great scene of the man with no legs riding on the back of the man with no arms. Together these two cripples make a pretty deadly team as long as they have a gun.
The films of Alejandro Jodorowsky is something that must be explored by anybody who is into the artistic, alternative style of cinema. I have been lucky enough to catch El Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre in the theater and each screening was an experience in its self and its a far leap from the dvd's and home viewings.