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Quote: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Jung tires me. He learned everything, he suspected it all, brought attention to the transpersonal, to the collective unconscious, to the ‘we’, but he remained locked in his elephantine ego. He was able to see the Buddha, but was incapable of becoming a Buddha. He spoke of alchemy without ever turning a piece of lead into gold. I give him the title ‘Tourist of Mysticism’. Psychoanalysis was created by doctors, men overfull with science, rigid intellects on the hunt for the chaotic language of dreams in order to translate it into a rational language. In Freud’s naiveté, blinded by his ego, he intended to explain dreams and put into words an unconsciousness that is expressed not in words but in rainbows. I could create psychomagic because I’ve been an artist since the age of five. I did the opposite of psychoanalysis: I taught our rational island to speak the language of the unconscious, to conceive of reality as if it were a dream, to get inside the dream by spitting butterflies and not words.

Saturday, 30.11.2013
04:30 (Cet)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky, born 17 February 1929, is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation."

A turbulent childhood & adolescence marked by domestic abuse and alienation led Jodorowsky to drop out of college and abandon his Chilean home for Paris, France where he could pursue his ambitions as poet, scholar and mime. It was here, that he would turn his attention to cinema. From 1960 he divided his time between Paris and Mexico City, in the former becoming a founding member of the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement of performance artists. 

In 1970, Jodorowsky released the acid western, El Topo, which became a hit on the midnight movie circuit in the United States, and is by many considered the first-ever midnight cult film, leading rockstar John Lennon to provide Jodorowsky with million to finance his next film. The result was The Holy Mountain (1973), a visually potent & violent surrealist exploration of western esotericism.

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