The Dance of Reality and the Healing Power of Art

Reviewed By: Open Floor International Library

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Open Floor International Library

Recommended Reading Program: Art in Motion

Author: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Language availability: English


An interview by Bilge Ebiri with legendary filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Many words come to mind when describing the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Everything from “surreal” and “hallucinatory” to “grotesque” and “violent.” But “autobiographical” is usually not one of them. And yet, here we are, with Jodorowsky’s first film in 24 years, “La Danza de la Realidad (The Dance of Reality)”, a myth-inflected memoir of his family in 1930s Chile. Telling the tale of unhappy, suicidal Alejandro (Jeremías Herskovits) and his larger-than-life parents—his father Jaime (Brontis Jodorowsky), attempts to assassinate the left-wing dictator Ibanez, while his mother sings all her dialogue as if it were opera—the film feels very much of a piece with the visionary director’s earlier, legendary work. Here, Jodorowsky’s magical realist, fable-like cinematic language finally enters the real world

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