Fando y Lis
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Alejandro Jodorowsky's first full-length film, Fando y Lis, was created from hazy memories of the controversial Fernando Arrabal play he staged in Paris; his sublime freak-out follows impotent Fando (Sergio Kleiner) and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis (Diana Mariscal) searching for the enchanted city of Tar where spiritual ecstasy resides. The astonishing road trip takes them through urban rubble, scalding deserts, treacherous mountains, their own pasts and close encounters of the weirdest kind in Alejandro Jodorowsky's seminal, signature work of startling provocation and incendiary art. After premiering in 1967 in Acapulco, the film caused an uproar in the avant-garde community and was subsequently banned in Mexico.
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"Fando Y Lis" is a road story, which follows Fando, and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis, through urban rubble, and desert badlands, looking for an unattainable, enchanted city, called Tar. This surreal adventure is full of odd events and unusual people. There are some cinematically interesting shots where time is reversed, such as when a charred piano appears to be animated to life after crumbling to the ground, or when a doll is unburied from its grave of dirt. This later sequence reminded me of a scene from "Vampyr", where a shadow of a grave digger has the earth falling back onto his shovel. Jodorowsky's film is largely linear, but it does have these passages where time reverses that emphasizes the dreamlike, nonlinear, or surreal aspect of the story.
Jodoroswky has influenced other directors, including David Lynch (Eraserhead), and E. Elias Merhige (Begotten). He later followed this film with several others, including "El Topo" (1970), and "The Holy Mountain" (1973). "The Rainbow Thief" is scheduled to be released in 2010, which will star Nick Nolte, Asia Argento, and Marilyn Manson.