Born Feb 7, 1929. From Iquique, Chile.
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Known as one of the fathers of the cult midnight movie, Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker who began as a performance artist in the 1950s before gaining widespread recognition as the director of “El Topo” (1970). The film, a sort of Western spiked with violent, sacrilegious imagery, became a fixture of underground film circles and lives on at regular midnight screenings revived in 2007. His trippy, allegorical followup, “The Holy Mountain” (1973), was partially funded by John Lennon (a fan of “El Topo”) and screened at the Cannes Film Festival, among others. His subsequent career has been sporadic (including “Holy Blood,” a surrealist riff on “Psycho”); he’s most recently been working on a film version of his autobiography, “The Dance of Reality.” He is also a graphic novelist and spiritual philosopher.