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also known as Holy Blood

Santa sangre1989

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In the 1970s, his legendary films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece: It is the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, deaf-mute lover and murder. It is an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness. It is unlike any movie you have seen before... or ever will.

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Jodorowsky is a genius. This is, perhaps, the easiest to watch of his films. A great place to start if you haven't seen one before. Then def watch Fando Y Lis, The Holy Mountain, and El Topo.

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Jodorowsky is a genius. This is, perhaps, the easiest to watch of his films. A great place to start if you haven't seen one before. Then def watch Fando Y Lis, The Holy Mountain, and El Topo.

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Simultaneously grotesque and gorgeous, sordid and sublime, Santa Sangre is the indelible and surreal vision of a boy circus magician’s madness after witnessing his religiously fanatic mother confront his alcoholic, knife throwing father and a lewd tattooed lady in a tryst. Full of poetic, symbolic scenes, some Oedipal: a soaring eagle, an elephant’s funeral, ghosts rising from mass graves and an angelic deaf-mute mime. Many scenes of bloody violence and murder. This poetic movie verges on soul shaking. Loved it!

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As profane as it is phantasmagorical. Keep as an alternate for Mother's Day, though perhaps not with mom. While the denouement takes shape in the mind somewhat before it is realized, there is no way to anticipate the images and situations you'll witness, though if you don't know Spanish, it is good to know that Sangre and blood are one and the same.

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Be sure to check out Jodo's work with Moebius--even if graphic novels might not be your thing. Start with "The Incal"!

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Glorious and haunting and tremendously funny. I could rant about how Jodorowsky serves us Freud by way of Catholicism, how idosyncratic his approach to slasher-film storytelling is, how many unforgettable images he dreams up; I could dissect the latent ableism in his use of little people and people with down syndrome, and reliance on schizophrenia as a plot mechanic; but you don't want to read that review, and I don't want to write it. The best advice I can give is to pack a bowl and press play.

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Here's Alejandro Jodorowski (rapidly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers) at his dark, funny, surrealist best. You could think of this film as a Fellini-esque take on Hitchcock's "Psycho," but with a perverse Latin American flair that renders all comparisons inadequate. Jodorowski casts his son and grandson (very good actors, both) in the lead roles, which helps lend an air of plausibility to the dream (nightmare?) - like storyline. The visuals are stunning, with great, fluid camera work and dynamic staging that suck you in and make the time fly by. The soundtrack is in English, which surprised me, I expected subtitles. It appears to have been filmed in English -- or if it's dubbed, it's the best dubbing I've ever seen, almost perfect lip sync. Having recently seen "Dance of Reality," the documentary "Jordorowoski's Dune" and now "Santa Sangre," I'm utterly hooked. More Jodorwoski, please, Fandor. I have yet to see "El Topo," "Holy Mountain," "Tusk" or "The Rainbow Thief," any (or all!) of which would be worthy additions to the Fandor lineup.

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If you're looking to change your mind about how cinema is told, "Santa Sangre" is the best way to start. Jodorowsky's films don't reproduce reality but they produce new worlds, they've been incubators for many directors, an inexhaustible source of ideas. If you haven't you should definitely watch this.

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This is often known to many as a "Cult" film. Jodorowsky takes the genre to a new level. It truly is a one-of-a-kind film. Absolute magnificent and surreal scenes, and the acting is done well. This is one of my new favorites. A travel through the traumatized mind of an abused child growing into schizophrenic adulthood.

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I think somewhere along the line, I lost the plot. I've seen other films by Jodorowsky, and liked them a great deal. Not bad per se, just not as good as I had hoped.

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Heavy handed, makes its points with a club. Ditched after 20 minutes.

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One of the strangest,kinkiest movies you are likely to see but, hey, that's show business!

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i hate El Topo & Holy Mountain_i think some of this is cool _David Lynch magic is better & Fellini freaks are better_my favorite character is the deaf & dumb girl who wakes him up_but most of this is really lame

wow, what a ride. It has a lot of fun with blood, but it's a great story and the film work is excellent. This was my first Jaborowsky film, I'll definitely be viewing his other films. Loved the scenes where Fenix was the arms of his mother-spectacular!

I went into this not knowing it was supposed to be a sort of horror movie--suddenly everything makes so much sense now. Ok, so this film is pretty grimy, overtop, and striking in just about every way. With its visceral, bold colors and symbolism, it has a fantastic Mexican aesthetic reminiscent of Loteria cards and the Surrealist paintings of Frida Kahlo. The first part was more eclectic and surprising than the second part, which had an inspired concept but somehow became more run-of-the-mill. It was almost like watching two different movies. The transitions of the characters through the two parts did not feel consistent at all. The questions of good and evil seems very pertinent, but is left unanswered and contradicted.

This is a must see film. I will watch this more than once

love this movie.....one of my al time faves, not for everyone!!!!