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Alejandro Jodorowsky (born February 7, 1929) is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, composer and writer. 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." His most notable works include El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain (1973) and Santa Sangre (1989), all of which have had limited release but achieved popularity amongst various countercultural groups. He has cited the filmmaker Federico Fellini as his primary cinematic influence.

Jodorowsky is also a playwright and play director, having produced over one hundred plays, primarily in Mexico where he lived for much of his life. Alongside this he is also a writer, particularly of comic books - his The Incal even has been noted as having a claim to be "the best comic book" ever written - as well as books on his own theories about spirituality. Jodorowsky has been involved in the occult and various spiritual and religious groups, including Zen Buddhism and forms of Mexican shamanism, and has formulated his own spiritual system, which he has called "psychomagic" and "psychoshamanism".

Bibliography Edit

  • Cuentos Panicos (1963) illustrations by Roland Topor
  • Teatro Pánico (1965)
  • Juegos Pánicos (1965)
  • El Topo, fábula pánica con imágenes (1970) screenplay from the film El Topo
  • Fábulas Pánicas (1977) reprints from some strips of el Heraldo de Mexico
  • Las ansias carnívoras de la nada (1991)
  • Donde mejor canta un pájaro (1992)
  • Psychomagie/Approches d´une thérapie panique (1995) ISBN 968-6941-04-5
  • Griffes D´Ange (1996) illustrations by Jean Giraud
  • Antología Pánica (1996) with Daniel González-Dueñas
  • Los Evangelios para sanar (1997) ISBN 968-27-0701-3
  • La Sagesse des blagues;Le doigt et la lune;Les histoires de Mulla Nasrudin (1997) illustrations by George Bess
  • El niño del jueves negro (1999)
  • Albina y los hombres-perro (2000)
  • La Trampa Sagrada (2000)
  • No basta decir (2000)
  • La danza de la realidad (2001) Jodorowksy's autobiography ISBN 987-566-067-1
  • El loro de las siete lenguas (2001)
  • El Paso del ganso (2001)
  • Ópera Panique,ou l`éloge de la quotidenneté (2001) play
  • El tesoro de la sombra (2003)
  • Fábulas Pánicas (2003) reprints of all strips of el Heraldo de México
  • El dedo y la luna (2004)
  • Piedras del camino (2004)
  • La voie du Tarot (2004)
  • Yo, el tarot (2004)
  • El Maestro y las Magas (2006)
  • The Spiritual Journey Of Alejandro Jodorowsky (2008)
  • Poesía sin fin (2009)

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