Sunday, August 21, 2016

Teatro sin fin

Written, directed, shot, and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Teatro sin fin (Melodramatic Sacramentral) is a documentary film of sorts that covers the Panic Movement co-founded by Jodorowsky. The 18-minute film is an exploration of a movement created to explore not just the ideas of surrealism but also in an attempt to keep it away from the mainstream. The result is a weird yet fascinating film from Alejandro Jodorowsky.

The film is a documentary that explores the performance of the Panic Movement in Paris, France in 1965 which was co-founded by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fernando Arrabal, and Roland Topor. Taking excerpts from a four-hour performance held in Paris, the film showcases what the group does performances based on surrealism. The performances include topless women dancing, voodoo-inspired rituals with live chickens, a man walking into a vagina and coming out with turtles, and a drummer playing improvised pieces to some of the performances. Shot in black-and-white, Jodorowsky maintains something that is simple and to the point as it explores many of the ideas of the Panic Movement in their performance.

With the aid of editors Francoise Beloux, Catherine Dournion, and Christine Lecouvette, Jodorowsky creates something that play as a sampler of sorts of what the Panic Movement does. Even as it isn’t afraid to be out there as it is also considered something that is the precursor to the psychedelic scene in the U.S. The film’s music by Luc Perrini is a mixture of jazz and rock music as it play into the craziness of the performances as well as its emphasis on surrealism. Overall, Jodorowsky creates a strange yet compelling documentary about the Panic Movement.

Teatro sin fin is an excellent film from Alejandro Jodorowsky. It’s a documentary short that isn’t just about a theatrical/art movement that is about bringing surrealism back to Earth but also a group of people trying to create something new. In the end, Teatro sin fin is a superb film from Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Alejandro Jodorowsky Films: La Cravate - Fando y Lis - El Topo - The Holy Mountain - Tusk (1980 film) - Santa Sangre - The Rainbow Thief - The Dance of Reality - Endless Poetry - Psychomagic: a Healing Art

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