Jodorowsky Meets Kanye
The ethnically Ukrainian-Jewish, Chilean born Jodo (as many call him), is best known as a filmmaker; but he’s also a a philosopher, a shaman, an actor, a comics writer, a playwright, and too many other things — many too esoteric — to list here. At 85-years old, he’s as spry, sharp, and overwhelmingly charismatic as any you could imagine.
While his filmography is rather small, and mostly excellent, two films in particular — 1970’s mystical western El Topo, and 1973’s simply indescribable and breathtaking The Holy Mountain — have cemented his legacy forever in the hearts of all cinéastes with a taste for daring, eccentric, challenging, visually rich, at times patently ludicrous, and always genuinely inventive film
A certain multi-platinum rapper/producer/visionary-of-a-sort — a Mr. Yeezus Kardashian, if you will (or perhaps Kanye West, as we should; PeekYou profile) — has taken to occasionally name-checking Jodo in recent years. While on stage at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center this past fall, he memorably compared himself to Jodo, as well as Nikolai Tesla (as you can see below).
As Jodorowsky tweeted:
We’re not surprised that the two hit it off, but we certainly get a kick out of it.
Two Jodorowsky related films are currently playing in select theaters, and will soon be available in one streaming format or another, as well as Blu-Ray, DVD, and so forth. The first is Jodorowsky’s new directorial effort, The Dance of Reality; which is a genuine masterpiece. The other, a simply excellent documentary regarding Jodo’s failed attempt to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel, Dune. Both are highly recommended, by PeekYou and Kanye (we’re guessing on the second part).
Here, Kanye gives Jodo (and Tesla) a shout-out from the stage:
Here’s the trailer for The Dance of Reality:
And here’s the trailer for Jodorowsky’s Dune: