July 21, 2017
'Endless Poetry:' Why Alejandro Jodorowsky Thinks You Should 'Make Movies to Lose Money'
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘Endless Poetry’ is a surrealist vision of the influential artist’s youth.
He’s one of Kanye West’s greatest influences. He fathered the midnight cult movie genre with acid western El Topo (1970), which brought John Lennon to his knees. Alejandro Jodorowsky is the definition of a multi-hyphenate—the director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comic writer, and spiritual guru moves between mediums as fluidly as his work moves between reality and fiction.
The 87-year-old’s latest film, Endless Poetry, spirals from reality to fiction and then back again a thousand times over. Jodorowsky brings a fantastical Chile to life with dwarves, clowns, and his trademark surrealism to tell the true story of his coming of age as a young artist and poet. With the energy of a Fellini film, each scene is more absurd than the next.