Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky, reviewed by BL Kennedy
The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Park Street Press
Though I have written these memoirs in novelistic style all the people, places, events, books, and quotations by sages are real. I was raised by a merchant father. All the wisdom he had to offer could me could be summed up in two proverbs: “Buy low and sell high” and “Don’t believe in anything.”
Alajandro Jordoworksky…what images that name invokes in the mind of any lover of film. Now, the director of such classics El Topo and Holy Mountain, now has an autobiography. Here we have everything about Jordoworsky that you always wanted to know, but didn’t have the opportunity to ask. I don’t know what to say about this book, except to ask myself if I made the right choice in purchasing it.
Okay, I read a lot of biographies and a lot of autobiographies, and in a sense, I just left with the image that these are all fiction. I think its like from that old TV show with that Fonzi guy; I think he said that “Bullshit makes the world go around”. That is my sentiment toward both autobiographies and biographies. So, you may want to ask, why is this autobiography so different? Well, my answer is, simply put, this is Jodorowsky’s journey through the metaphysics of his life. And that what makes it special. Now the actual writing? Let’s just say it could be better. But as a document about one of the most remarkable filmmakers of the twentieth century, this book is a must read. So if you have the chance and are so inclined as to purchase a copy of The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky, I will tell you to do so, because the book chronicles the remarkable journey of a remarkable artist.