Cine-File’s Kyle Cubr reviews “Endless Poetry”

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After examining his very early life in THE DANCE OF REALITY, Alejandro Jodorowsky turns the camera around on himself again to focus on his creative beginnings in ENDLESS POETRY. Jodorowsky examines his artistic roots as a youth in Chile where he decides to become a poet (much to the chagrin of his parents). The young Alejandro (played by his son, Adan Jodorowsky) later joins the circus where he meets other artists, poets, and performers who help foster his unbridled creativity. The film is visually stunning, shot by Christopher Doyle of IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE fame, with each frame bursting with more color and more vibrancy than the last. Of course the story is a highly dramatized presentation of his past but this allows the director’s trademark surrealism to walk hand-in-hand with the period before he became a lauded auteur. Chile is portrayed as a visionary’s dream with its rich culture playing heavy influence on everything he would later create. This is Jodorowsky at his most straightforward and accessible. ENDLESS POETRY is bold in its decision to depict its director’s life with such intimacy and feverous determination, and it makes the audience all the richer for having viewed it. It is a fascinating view into the lives of one of filmdom’s most distinct creators.

 

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