Following the dispiriting experiences on The Rainbow Thief, the following two decades saw Jodorowsky fail to see a number of cherished and long-gestating projects to fruition. The usual funding difficulties bedeviled the mooted sequel to El Topo and a new gangster film. However, also during this period, the long-awaited resolution of some of the difficulties around his first three films saw them released for the first time for home entertainment, sparking a renewal of interest in his work. Returning to cinema with this semi-autobiographical piece, he created a film which although does not wholly sacrifice the abstractions of his earlier films, is arguably his most accessible, and showed that even in his mid-80s, Jodorowsky’s creativity and vision remained as vital as ever.
Screening as part of the Alejandro Jodorowsky retrospective, February 5th to 23rd 2020.