Friday, June 30, 2006
Alejandro Jodorowsky's Cinema
"I think that if you want a picture to change the world, you must first change the actors in the picture. And before doing that you must change yourself. Right? This must be done. With every new picture, I must change myself, I must kill myself, and I must be born. I must kill the actors and they must be born. And the audiences, the audiences who go to the movies, must be assassinated, killed, destroyed, and they must leave the theatre as new people. This is a good picture."
(The Holy Mountain - 1973)
"I believe that the only end of all human activity -- whether it be politics, art, science, etc. -- is to find enlightment, to reach the state of enlightenment. I ask of film what most North Americans ask of psychedelic drugs. The difference being that when one creates a psychedelic film, he need not create a film that shows the visions of a person who has taken a pill; rather, he needs to manufacture the pill. I think that the journey of Alexander the Great is a psychedelic trip. Many say that Alexander the Great was an idiot because his conquest was so great, so complete, that he was actually progressing toward his ultimate failure. I think that Alexander the Great was journeying into the depths of his being. I think that Odysseus was another great traveler. I want to travel the route of the Odyssey, I want to travel the route of Alexander the Great. I want to travel into the deepest areas of my being in order to reach enlightenment."
"Sometimes I feel myself absolutely mad. I say what am I doing here? Because I feel reality so unreal and myself so strange. I have a mind, a liver, a heart. Everything I look and I feel is inside myself. It's not reality. What I am is enormous reaction. It is not the thing. I am not the feeling. I am what is felt. The man who feels. Everything is so subjective. If someone says to me, I am mad, I say yes, I am absolutely mad like all the civilization and like all the persons in this planet. I think all the humanity now is absolutely crazy and mad. And some day when my essence sees myself, how my ego is crazy and mad, I laugh -- with love and compassion. And in the moment when you have the enlightenment you start to laugh. Because you see yourself, how crazy and mad you are. Then you feel compassion. I have great pity on myself because I am so mad and crazy."