Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Holy Mountain

Assignment: Required Viewing/Writing:

The Holy Mountain is a film in the surrealist tradition. Two earlier examples of independent surrealist short films are the films linked below -- "Meshes of the Afternoon" and "Un Chien Andalu." Pick one of them to watch (they both run a little over 15 mins), and then pick two images and sequences from the film you chose. I'd like you to give your interpretation of what those images/scenes "mean" -- try to unlock the symbolism being used. Feel free to look up details on the films to help unpack their meaning, but I'm chiefly interested in how the non-realist images strike you, and how you yourself decode and make sense of them. Post your response to the blog.

Maya Deren's "Meshes of the Afternoon":

Salvador Dali and Louis Bunuel's "Un Chien Andalu":

Recommended Reading/Viewing:

Alejandro Jodorowsky on contemporary cinema (the filmmaker he mentions is Takashi Miike):

Jodorowsky's Dune (an unrealized project that would have featured Salvador dali, Pink Floyd, and Moebius):

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