Alejandro Jodorowsky, el hombre, la leyenda, la guionista (The man, the legend, the screenwriter). Chances are once you see a film by Jodorowsky you probably won't forget it. He has been writing films and blowing our minds for over half a century. In addition to being an accomplished screenwriter, he is a novelist, poet, musician, comic book writer, and mystic. But his scripts and films that out the most (to us). The Chilean artist's films are magical surrealism laced with hauntingly beautiful imagery and mystical eroticism.
Prior to writing the screenplay The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky stated that he did not sleep for seven days, took a large dosage of LSD, and embarked on a spiritual journey. That's one hell of a way to get inspired to write a screenplay. His other film, El Topo, is regarded as a Mexican Acid Western film which has had profound impacts on film in society. So much so that John Lennon wanted to buy the films rights and Dennis Hopper wanted to be in his films. When writing his screenplays, Jodorowsky often went through intense and disorderly lengths to finish writing and shooting them.
Notoriously, Jodorowsky was set to write and direct the film adaption of Dune, based off the Frank Herbert novel. The film was going to feature the ultimate dream cast of artists including Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dalí. However, the film never did get made. In wasn't until the early Eighties when another mystical artist, David Lynch wrote and directed the classic sci-fi film.
Jodorowsky’s recent film Endless Poetry shows that he hasn’t lost his magical touch for the absurd—even late into his 80s. Although the film’s topsy turvy madness takes us on a wild ride, it's the beautifully articulated writing that allows us to follow the characters throughout their heartbreaking voyages.
As for Jodorowsky today, he said that although he’s approaching 90, he has absolutely no plan to stop writing and making films.