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Santa Sangre
     

Santa Sangre

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cast: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Sabrina Dennison

 

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Circus horrors cross over into the mundane world in this terrifying, psychedelic film from Alejandro Jodorowsky, the man who brought you the infamous El Topo. Fenix (Adan Jodorowsky, the director's son) is the son of a circus strongman (Guy Stockwell) and an aerialist (Blanca Guerra). One night, the mother sees from her high perspective that her husband is

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Circus horrors cross over into the mundane world in this terrifying, psychedelic film from Alejandro Jodorowsky, the man who brought you the infamous El Topo. Fenix (Adan Jodorowsky, the director's son) is the son of a circus strongman (Guy Stockwell) and an aerialist (Blanca Guerra). One night, the mother sees from her high perspective that her husband is fooling around with the tattooed lady. She later confronts him and throws acid on him in retaliation. He saws off her arms in return and kills himself. Fenix, witness to all this, runs away raving. Years later, Fenix (now played by older brother Axel Jodorowski) is released from an insane asylum by his armless mother. She wants to go on a murderous revenge spree, and maybe play a little piano, and she needs Fenix to be her arms for both tasks. Though the film has some of the hallucinatory qualities of Jodorowsky's earlier films, Santa Sangre doesn't quite have the same punch, particularly in terms of cerebral and emotional impact, despite its fine visuals. Santa Sangre is available in both R-rated and NC-17 edits.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A candy-colored, blood-soaked journey into the disturbed mind of a damaged soul, Alejandro Jodorowsky's dark and surreal comeback offers a potent tale of psychological despair with striking, haunting imagery that will linger in the mind long after the viewing. It had been quite a long time since El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973) thrust '60s underground cinema into collective mainstream consciousness, and Jodorowsky proves without a doubt that he still has the power to shock and move audiences as few other filmmakers can. Time has certainly not diluted Jodorowsky's ability to craft the sort of bold and fearless film made virtually extinct with the ever increasing commercialization of the film industry, and his years spent penning fantasy comics has only served to strengthen his ability to portray the kind of complex characters that make his films so compelling. As deeply troubled Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky) is enslaved by his armless mother and forced into a murderous existence following his release from a sanitarium, Jodorowsky instills his protagonist with a desperate sense of fear and helplessness from which there seems little chance of escape. An alternately brutal, hallucinatory, and beautiful film, Santa Sangre is without question a polarizing effort by its very nature, though viewers willing to be seduced by Jodorowsky's alluring cinematic nightmare will find themselves surprised, enthralled, and richly rewarded with an uniquely unapologetic film that's not easily shaken off. Few filmmakers remain who possess such a bold and creative force, and one can only hope that following the troubles that beset The Rainbow Thief (1990), Jodorowsky will hold steadfast to his unique vision and not give in to the forces who would rather see that vision suppressed.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
UPC:
0891635001933
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
NR
Source:
Severin
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
42,263

Special Features

Closed Caption; Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen: The World of Santa Sangre - feature length making-of documentary featuring all-new interviews with cast and crew; -Back from the Wilderness; -A return to Mexico City; -Circus video; -The allure of the tattooed woman; -Mother & son; -The music of Sangre; -Aftermath; Audio commentary with Jodorowsky & journalist Alan Jones ; Deleted scenes with commentary; For One Week Only: Alejandro Jodorowsky courtesy of channel X ltd. 1990 UK documentary; Goyo Cárdenas Spree Killer - documentary on the real life inspiration for Santa Sangre; On-stage q&a with Jodorowsky; Blink Jodorowsky short by Simon Boswell ; "Close Your Eyes" Simon Boswell music video; Echeck - Adan Jodorowsky short film with optional commentary; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Axel Jodorowsky Fenix, Age 20
Blanca Guerra Concha
Sabrina Dennison Alma
Adan Jodorowsky Fenix, Age 8
Guy Stockwell Orgo
Faviola Tapia Young Alma
Thelma Tixou Tattooed Woman
Sergio Bustamante Monsignor
Jesus Juarez Aladin
Brontis Jodorowsky Orderly 1
Teo Jodorowsky Actor

Technical Credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky Director,Screenwriter
Claudio Argento Producer,Screenwriter
Mauro Bonanni Editor
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Tolita Figueroa Costumes/Costume Designer
Roberto Leoni Screenwriter
Alejandro Luna Production Designer
Lamberto Marini Makeup
Daniele Nannuzzi Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Santa Sangre - Disc 1
1. Circus in Town [6:43]
2. High Wire Act [1:47]
3. Wrecking Crew [8:58]
4. The Affairs of Orgo [6:39]
5. Elephant Burial [7:46]
6. Caught in the Act [4:57]
7. Acid Washed [4:10]
8. Picture Show [5:10]
9. Flesh Parade [6:17]
10. Love for Sale [7:09]
11. Bloody Discovery [6:57]
12. Your Wish, My Command [2:07]
13. Assisted Living [8:43]
14. Whale of a Time [6:26]
15. Luchador Lured [5:32]
16. Death Match [5:10]
17. Visions of Victims [5:29]
18. Mother Vs. Lover [8:44]
19. Replica [3:15]
20. Palms, Psalms [5:15]
Disc #2 -- Santa Sangre - Disc 2
1. Back From the Wilderness [14:29]
2. A Return to Mexico [13:30]
3. Circus World [17:28]
4. The Allure of the Tattooed Woman [17:10]
5. Mother & Son [15:10]
6. The Music of Sangre [7:00]
7. Aftermath [11:43]

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