Check out Alejandro Jodorowsky's new surrealist memoir film Endless Poetry!
To borrow from the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky, "Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” Jodorowsky himself, whom groundbreaking artists of the likes of Yoko Ono and Kanye West have cited as a source of artistic inspiration, is certainly no caged bird. The incendiary author and cult filmmaker imbues all of his work with an energy that belies his age and takes on soaring dimensions. The most recent addition to Jodorowsky’s trajectory of experimental, airborne masterpieces is his latest film, Endless Poetry.
Endless Poetry is the second film in an intended trilogy, and was released in the United States in select theaters on July 14th. This thrilling, semi-autobiographical tale stars Jodorowsky both behind and in front of the lens—the filmmaker makes several appearances playing himself throughout the film. In a style often compared to Fellini, Endless Poetry’s protagonist is depicted via surrealist, color-saturated scenes that Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter aptly calls "a feast for the senses." This is undeniably the work of a master craftsman who delights in his trade.
Here at Restless, we're honored to say that this cinematic trilogy began with our publication of Jodorowsky's Where the Bird Sings Best, which NPR deemed one of the Best Books of 2015, calling it "a brilliant, mad and unpredictable semi-autobiographical novel...a fiercely original immigration tale.” The book tells the story of Jodorowsky's ancestors, exploring the ideas of “past" as legend and as an inextricable component of the interior self in a nearly mythical narrative of emigration. Askold Melnyczuk at the Los Angeles Review of Books says, "Jodorowsky aims to blind us until at last we see. In the end, Jodorowsky hopes to drive us toward the ultimate recognition: that we, or at any rate our selves, are the greatest illusion of all."
Where the Bird Sings Best makes an agile jump from page to screen, offering viewers a multifaceted chef d'oeuvre that demands reflection and leaves us here at the office in awe of the richness of the filmmaker’s creations. Having Alejandro’s seminal work on our shelves is a true pleasure, and one you too can enjoy by getting the signed copies of Jodorowsky's work available through our Indiegogo campaign, Reading is Resistance. Show your support for Jodorowsky and for Restless Books by donating to the campaign and getting your hands on one of these coveted copies before August 20!
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in Tocopilla, Chile, in 1929. Internationally renowned as a filmmaker for The Holy Mountain, El Topo and The Dance of Reality, and for his starring role in Jodorowsky’s Dune, Jodorowsky has also produced comics, plays, books on Psychomagic and Tarot, and three novels published by Restless Books: Where the Bird Sings Best, Albina and the Dog-Men, and soon to come, The Son of Black Thursday.