THE DANCE OF REALITY
LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD
2013, ABKCO Films, 133 min, France/Chile, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Visionary Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) returns after a 23-year hiatus with this radiantly visceral autobiographical film. Shot in the coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the director was born, the film follows a young Jodorowsky as he is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, THE DANCE OF REALITY reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.


PROSPERO’S BOOKS
1991, Park Circus/Miramax, 124 min, UK/Netherlands/France, Dir: Peter Greenaway

This highly imaginative retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest stars John Gielgud, here realizing a lifelong ambition to portray Prospero on screen. A magician in exile, he is eager to exact revenge against his enemies until his daughter (Isabelle Pasco) falls in love with his chief rival’s son (Mark Rylance). With its remarkably innovative use of choreography (to a Michael Nyman score), animation and digitally manipulated imagery, Greenaway’s riff on the classic play is among his most dazzlingly visual films.


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