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Alejandro Jodorowsky

  • Chilean director
  • Born February 17, 1929

Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker. Since 1948, Jodorowsky has worked as a novelist, a storyteller, a poet, a playwright, an essayist, a film director and producer, an actor in cinematic and theatre productions, a theatre director, a screenwriter, a film editor, a comics writer, a musician and composer, a philosopher, a puppeteer, a mime, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, a draughtsman, a painter, a sculptor and a spiritual guru.


Maybe I am a prophet. I really hope one day there will come Confucius, Muhammad, Buddha and Christ to see me. And we will sit at a table, taking tea and eating some brownies.




I don't believe in failing. I have dignity.




When I was an adolescent, I abandoned my country at 23 years to come to Paris to know Andre Breton, the 'Pope of Surrealism.' And for three years, I was there working with him being a surrealist.




For me they are no different, reality and dreams.




Scientific thought and the miraculous unconscious are two waves in the same ocean.




I have always thought that, of all the arts, the cinema is the most complete art.




You dream every night. Every person in the world, even if they don't remember, is dreaming every night.




Birds born in cages think that flying is a disease.




Let the inner god that is in each one of us speak. The temple is your body, and the priest is your heart: it is from here that every awareness must begin.




My films are like clouds: their meaning keeps changing every minute.




Don't make your living with cinema because Hollywood will take you, will eat you, will destroy you. This is the reality. You have a good picture, have success, you take the person and they destroy you.




I am a poet; I am not a worker. I need to be free.




We have to be very conscious of the fact that beneath every illness is a prohibition. A prohibition that comes from a superstition.




Five cats and a woman. That is all I need in life.




In Mexico, when we want to speak deep secrets, we drink pulgue together. It is a drink made from the cactus plant, and when you take the bottle from your mouth, it leaves a string behind, between the mouth and the bottle, like a spider's web. It shows that the truth sticks inside.




When I brought 'El Topo' to New York, no one understood the picture. But John Lennon understood. John and Yoko Ono, they presented 'El Topo' in the United States; they introduced it.




I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest. I don't believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Religion is too old now; it's from another century, it's not for today.




Life is beautiful, what do you think? In the morning I say, 'Ah, I am alive still!' All my friends die already. I am alive. It is fantastic.




The first thing I didn't understand was my life. It's a mystery. And today I don't understand economy or politics. I don't know why politics or economy are destroying the world, but I will understand after understanding.




Society feeds terror and is in turn terrorized; we are afraid to lose, so we consume.




I hated Peter O'Toole. I wanted to kill that guy! When they said he was dead, I was happy. People said, 'Poor Peter O'Toole.' I was happy!




When my father died, I did not cry. When my cat died three days later, I cried a lot.




In order to be something, you must do something.




I live making comics. Comics is an industrial art but less suffering, because comics are for young people who are more adventurous. I do that. I live off comics, and then I write books, but when you want movies, you cannot make movies without money.




A true artist is always out of his time.




I am an honest artist.




My ego every day is more and more polite. I tame it.




Lady Gaga has a lot of energy, and that is fantastic, but she is using old surrealist images.




I had a big problem working with stars, because they are too expensive and have too many demands. Their names help you raise the money to make the movie, but then they demand close-ups. They change things. You end up doing things at their service instead of servicing the film.




Every person, every artist makes his life an artwork.




Psychoanalysis wants to heal with words and speaking, but sometimes with speaking, you realize nothing.




In Chile, they have no movies. They have awful popular movies.




I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul.




I like Hollywood movies. I like them like I like to eat scrambled eggs; I like them for fun.




My father was a monster. A monster! I cut with my family when I was 23 and I never see them again.




I tweet 15 times a day to keep my brain stimulated.



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