Santa Sangre

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1989 comeback film isn’t quite the epic headtrip that his seminal cult classics ‘El Topo’ and ‘The Holy Mountain’ were, but it’s still one of the most astonishingly odd films you’ll ever see. It all starts at the circus and involves an armless saint, a church built around a pool of blood, an elephant’s funeral, and an affair between a knife thrower and a tattooed lady, and then things start to get strange. But there is method to Jodorowsky’s madness, and in his almost Hitchcockian plot. Lurid, inspired, and unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. -LG

1989 Dir. Alejandro Jodorowski. 1.85:1. Color DCP 123 min.