Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 24 Strange Film and Beauitiful Musics

In 1973, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky made one of the strangest, La Montaña Sagrada, The Holy Mountain, combining a background as psychotherapist, actor, playwright, composer, mystic and writer-illustrator of comics. The surreal film presages Matthew Barney's films, but is even more odd.

After its premiere at Cannes, this and another Jodorowsky famous film, El Topo, were denied distribution until 2004 by the producer Alan Klein. Exposed to feminism in the early 1970's, the filmmaker refused to direct a production of The Story of O for Klein, who also produced rock bands the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and was the label bad guy in pursuing the infamous sampling case over the song Bittersweet Symphony, against musicians, The Verve.

The film includes a Christ-like main character, and may be based on books The Ascent of Mt. Carmel and Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing, which also inspired a famous Bill Viola piece.

Tonight the NC-17 film, sometimes bloody, is accompanied live by musicians Ilyas Ahmed, AAN, Dash! Ghosting and Why I Must Be Careful. At Holocene 8:30PM Free