Alejandro Jodorowsky on His Retrospective in Miami: "I am a Cloud"
The second thing I'm curious about is what made you decide to put your son Brontis in El Topo at such a young age? This is one of my favorite movies, and I have no children, but I have always been curious about how the relationship was on the set during the writing and filming.
...... As you have not had children, you do not know what it is to feel the love of a father. That love is as strong as the love of a mother. I chose Brontis because he was of the age that I needed the child to be: 7 years. My son was the innocent beauty that I always wanted. As I was a kind and understanding father, my son had great pleasure being with me. Anyway, your question has only one answer: our relationship was normal, a healthy relationship between a son and father who love each other.
Do you consider yourself a surrealist?
Myself ... I do not like labels.
How has your style of filmmaking changed through the years? How would you describe the film you are working on now? Could it be described as genuinely "Psychomagical"?
... To change my style, I should have a style, which is a form of repetition. The rivers do not repeat themselves. Kindly compare me to the flow of a river. Each of my films are different. I am not a Hollywood sausage maker. I would describe the film that I'm working on as Art [with a capital A] that won't make money. I am tired with this prostitutional industry that considers a film great because it produces millions of dollars. I still believe that film is the most comprehensive and profound of all the arts. The Dance of Reality, which I am finishing now, cannot be described with any label. It's just art. And so, if you like your two words: It is "truly personal."
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"The Alchemist: Alejandro Jodorowsky" kicks off Sunday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. with a live introduction by Jodorowsky and his son via Skype and a screening of El Topo (1970). On Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. Fando y Lis (1968) will screen. Holy Mountain (1973) screens Feb. 21 at 8:30 p.m. The festival ends on Feb. 28 with Santa Sangre (1989) at 7 p.m. Visit mbcinema.com for details and tickets.
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