One of Us: Corpo-Reality and the Disabled Body in the Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Sloane, Peter (2022) One of Us: Corpo-Reality and the Disabled Body in the Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. In: ReFocus: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Often accused of being gratuitously “grotesque” (one contemporary New York Times reviewer of Fando y Lis troublingly describes it as a “selection of freaks”), Jodorowsky composes a series of considered aesthetic and ethical provocations not simply to the sensibility of the cinema audience or the board of censors, but to the mechanical apparatus of the camera itself (1970). If, as he once remarked, “We have the language of the body and we need to do something together”, this enigmatic “something” might take the form of a rehabilitative inclusive project which gives voice, or visibility, to bodies suppressed in mainstream and employed for their transgressive appeal in arthouse or avant-garde film (The Quietus 2015). Taking a disabilities studies approach, this essay reads Fando y Lis, El Topo, Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre, arguing that, like his visionary alter ego El Topo, Jodorowsky strives to dismantle the barriers erected by tradition (or perhaps “good taste”) between the camera and the bodies which have come to be excluded from mainstream cinema and the cultural, social, and public spaces which it both constructs and (re)presents.

Keywords:Jodorowsky, disability, film, absurd
Subjects:R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R930 Other European Societies and Cultures
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:49495
Deposited On:25 May 2022 09:20

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