Tag: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cinema Smorgasbord – JodoWOWsky Part 9 – The Rainbow Thief (1990)

After the worldwide success of SANTA SANGRE, Jodorowsky was inundated with offers to make horror films, but he found himself more interested in – for the first time – working with a large budget and big stars. His opportunity came in the form of producer Alexander Salkind, who approached Jodo to direct his wife script for a project called THE RAINBOW THIEF, starring Omar Sharif, Peter O’Toole and Christopher Lee. The result (nearly) ended Alejandro Jodorowsky’s directing career, with the film barely being release before being dumped onto VHS in the US four years after its completion. But is the final result truly disaster? On this episode of JODOWOWSKY we’re breaking down the complicated history and tangled legacy of THE RAINBOW THIEF and asking what the heck went wrong. We also pay tribute to the late Cristóbal Jodorowsky, and discuss Jonathan Ross’s 1990 episode of his program For One Week Only devoted to Jodorowsky. Check it out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – JodoWOWsky Part 8 – Santa Sangre (1989)

Alejandro Jodorowsky returns to filmmaking after a nearly ten year absence with the surreal horror of 1989’s SANTA SANGRE. Filled with wild, controversial imagery, our JodoWOWsky hosts trace its inception, the relationship between Jodorowsky and producer Claudio Argento, the involvement of four of the Jodorowsky children in the production, the taxing filmmaking process, the suggested involvement of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston and SO MUCH MORE. We also discuss the feature length SANTA SANGRE documentary FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN: THE WORLD OF SANTA SANGRE from 2011, which brings much of the cast and crew together to recount some truly strange stories about the film’s inception and legacy. All this and the latest Jodorowsky news, so CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – JodoWOWsky Part 7 – The Eyes of the Cat (1978), The Jealous God (1985) and The Magical Twins (1987)

It’s an ALL COMICS episode of JodoWOWsky with our hosts examining three Alejandro Jodorowsky graphic novel collaborations throughout the late 70s and 80s. We start with a deep dive into THE EYES OF THE CAT, the (sorta!) first collaboration between Jodorowsky and the legendary Moebius from 1978. It’s gorgeous, highly experimental, and we even discuss a recent attempt to make a videogame adaptation! Then we move on to the often baffling THE JEALOUS GOD, a collaboration between Jodorowsky and Silvio Cadelo first published in Heavy Metal in 1985. And finally we finish with Jodorowsky’s first young adult comic THE MAGICAL TWINS with his frequent collaborator Georges Bess, first published in 1987. All this and the latest Jodorowsky news. CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – JodoWOWsky Part 6 – Tusk (1980)

Despite his increasing success with comics, Jodorowsky was still reeling from the failure of his Dune project when he decided to adapt Reginald Campbell’s “Poo Lorn of the Elephants” into the disastrous 1980 film TUSK. Disowned by the director (“Don’t see Tusk. I bury the film.”) and nearly impossible to track down in a watchable form, the movie remains an enigma in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s career. On this episode of JodoWOWsky, we look at how TUSK came about, whether it’s the disaster so often reported, whether a better film might be hiding inside the original elements, and how the heck the whole thing fell apart. CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – JodoWOWsky – El Topo (1970)

On this episode of JodoWOWsky, be prepared to live the most wonderful experience of your life! It’s Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary acid western EL TOPO, and after seeing it you’ll never be the same. Liam, Julia and Doug break down the history of the film and their experiences with it before delving into the film proper, splitting it into three parts for easier consumption. We finish with a look at Jodorowsky’s comic book follow-up THE SONS OF EL TOPO. Enjoy!