Psycho-magician and cult film director

Alejandro Jodorowsky

A multi-faceted artist, film director, Tarot reader and traveler, Jodorowsky has directed cult films and written comics. He is also renowned for his outstanding achievements in literature and philosophy.

Saturday, August 22, 2009 Category: Culture - Film
Alejandro Jodorowski (Photo: El Mercurio)

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The son of immigrants, Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky was born in Tocopilla, northern Chile, on February  7, 1929. He associated with Nicanor Parra and the Chilean 50s generation poets during his youth. He is also a playwright, actor and mime.

Jodorowsky was a protégé of legendary mime Marcel Marceau and participated in his theatre troupe's international tours. He settled in Mexico in the 1950s, staying for almost twenty years. Together with Roland Topor and Fernando Arrabal, he founded Grupo Pánico, drew his “Fábulas pánicas” comic strip, directed films and plays. He moved to France in the 1980s and went on to write comics, collaborating with first-rate artists.

He was famous in Paris, also due to his Tarot classes, conferences and books expounding his pyscho magic and other healing theories. As a filmmaker, his works include “Fando y Lis”, “La Montaña Sagrada” (The Holy Mountain), “El Topo” and “La Santa Sangre”.(Holy Blood).  His most outstanding comics work is the series El Incal, created together with the artist Moebius (Jean Gireaud) between 1980 and 1988. His several books include “Donde mejor canta un pájaro” (Where a Bird Sings the Best), “Psicomagia, una terapia pánica” y “El loro de siete lenguas” (The Parrot of the Seven Languages).

Alejandro Jodorowsky's numerous awards include the Time Machine Award from the Sitges Film Festival and the Pablo Neruda Artistic and Cultural Merit Medal presented by the Government of Chile.

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