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Oblong in shape and larger than the typical university press trade paperback, Anarchy and Alchemy has the handsome appearance of a coffee table book but with a much more substantial text. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Zachary rated it liked it Aug 13, His first feature, Fando y Lis Fando and Lis, premiered in Mexico just one month after the Tlatelolco student massacre of 1provoking a riot that forced the director to escape from the theatre out of sight, crouched on the floor of a limousine.

Disgusted with the quality of life above ground level, he self-immolates in an act reminiscent of the Vietnam War protests of He burrows a hole so that the group can escape to the world outside, only to see his friends cursorily shot down by the wretched townspeople.

Robert rated it liked it Feb 14, The total number of casualties remains unsolved; the government reported only four dead, while the commonly accepted number fluctuates between and deaths. Ian Wolfson rated it it was amazing Jun 13, One year after annarchy release of Anarchy and Alchemythe esoterically-inclined publishing house Inner Traditions International is now publishing an English translation of this book, under the title The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: John rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Steven Svymbersky rated it really liked alcemy Jul 26, Preview — Anarchy and Alchemy by Ben Cobb.


Martin rated it really liked it May 18, I don’t believe I’ll ever watch another again ok, maybe El Topo. I have written a brief review of this translation for Film Commentvol. Refresh and try again. Ian Davison rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Jolon Buchbinder rated it really liked it Aug 14, Lists with This Book.

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Anarchy and Alchemy: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky by Ben Cobb

The book is undoubtedly well researched — its organisation of biographical information, rare images and print material, production anecdotes, and outside sources is conscientious and authoritative — but not quite definitive, aleiandro the descriptive blurb on the back cover would have us believe.

Robert rated it it was amazing Nov 05, David Church cites a interview that Uri Hertz conducted with Jodorowsky, in which the director remembers a rumour that the film was actually a documentary about the massacre.

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Click here to order this book directly from. Currently, it is making its way into the sights of film critics, theorists, and historians by way of prominent bookstore displays and distribution through Amazon, as well it should. Anarchy and Alchemy attempts to appeal to both types of viewers; it has a foreword written by Alan Jones, a journalist with horror film industry affiliations, and an introduction by Stephen Barber, a professor at Kingston University with a penchant for the experimental, who has published books on Artaud and the Vienna Action group.


The following year, his ultra-violent underground smash hit This is the sixth book in Creation’s highly-acclaimed Persistence of Vision jdoorowsky book series.

Hoberman in Chapultepec, Mexico 5. Stelios rated it it was amazing Feb 02, As ofJodorowsky has written at least 25 books, in Spanish and French, on a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction topics. Gilms rated it really liked it Feb 17, Published February 25th by Creation Books first published August 15th Quoted in Cobb, p.

Marley rated it really liked it Jun 06, His broken English still manages to convey a formidable intelligence when spoken aloud and in sync with other elements of physical expression.

Anarchy and Alchemy: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky

One month after the tragedy, the Mexican public understandably remained in a state of unrest, and rumours abounded falsely linking the violent, controversial Fando y Lis to the massacre. Return to Book Page. Every film mentioned in Anarchy and Alchemy is given a scrupulous shot-by-shot exposition, accompanied by copious footnotes. Augie rated it liked it Aug 31, Thenameisq rated it really liked it Jun 18, So far, no riots have broken out, and no-one has been driven to self-immolation.

Chris Thompson rated it it was amazing Feb 13, The following year, his ultra-violent underground smash hit El Topo inagurated the Midnight Movie phenomenon, transforming its creator into a counter-culture icon championed by John Lennon and, latterly, Marilyn Manson.