Portrait of the artist as a young man, relentlessly hounded by winged death, ceaselessly threshing the tumultuous sea in a, uh, purple boat
The Chilean-born writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky has been making films for a long time - his first feature film was made nearly 50 years ago - but he was nearly 40 years of age then, and had been active as a writer, puppeteer and mime for years before then.
In his latest film ENDLESS POETRY, the 88-year old Jodorowsky tells an autobiographical tale that, for all its veracity to the circumstances of his life, is on a par with the haunting surreal-pulp aesthetic that permeates his earlier films like THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and SANTA SANGRE.
The film, which opens today at the AFS Cinema, has been roundly lauded by critics. Here's a bit of what they're saying:
Austin Chronicle's Marjorie Baumgarten offers a "guarantee the viewer will not go home unsated."
Aaron Hillis at the Village Voice calls it, "Loopy, irreverent, and more intensely personal than anything its mystic creator has invented before."
Simon Abrams of RogerEbert.com says, "ENDLESS POETRY is as galvanizing as a lightning rod because it's equally accepting, and intolerant, a pro-individualist work about celebrating and cultivating yourself."
Variety's Owen Gleiberman says, "Make no mistake: ENDLESS POETRY is still very much a Jodorowsky film, dotted with his trademark phantasmagorical conceits, which are like candified bursts of comic-book magic realism. Yet more than any previous Jodorowsky opus, it’s also a work of disciplined and touching emotional resonance."