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Fando and Lis (1968)

Fando y Lis (original title)
Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Kleiner ...
Fando (as Sergio Klainer)
Diana Mariscal ...
Lis
María Teresa Rivas ...
Fando's Mother
Tamara Garina ...
Pope
Juan José Arreola ...
Well-Dressed Man with Book (as Juan Jose Arreola)
Rene Rebetez
Amparo Villegas
Miguel Álvarez Acosta ...
(as Lic. Miguel Alvarez Acosta)
Raul Romero
Julio Castillo
Adrián Ramos ...
(as Adrian Ramos)
Henry West
Luis Urias
...
Junkyard Temptress / Woman with Leg Brace (as Valerie-Jean)
Graciela R. de Mariscal ...
Entertained Woman
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Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.

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Adventure | Fantasy

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8 June 1972 (Mexico)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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When the film premiered at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival, the first screening erupted into a riot. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky had to leave the theatre by sneaking outside to a waiting limousine. When the crowd outside the theatre recognized him, the car was pelted with rocks. The following week, the film opened to sell-out crowds in Mexico City, but fights broke out in the audiences and the film was banned by the Mexican government. Jodorowsky himself was nearly deported and the scandal provided a lot of fodder for the Mexican newspapers. See more »

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Narrator: Once upon a time... a long, long time ago... there was a mystical city, Tar. And at that time all the cities were intact and flourishing, because the final war had not yet begun. When the great catastrophe occurred, all the cities crumbled... except Tar. Tar still exists. If you know where to look for it, you will find it. And when you get there you will be presented with wine and water and play with a gramophone. When you get there, you will help harvest grapes and you will pick ...
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Amazing Surreal Cinema at It's Finest

While it may not be the best introduction to Jodorowsky's film work, it is, probably one of the best surreal films you'll come across.

This original re-telling of "Fando y Lis" is at times very haunting, dreamlike and down right disturbing in a Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali kind of way.

It is a "lost classic" that nearly got away for good, but thanks to American Zoetrope and Fantoma, it found its way onto DVD with a bonus documentary on the filmmaker's amazing life and work called "La Constellation Jodorowsky". Let's hope that in the future more of his films are released in the U.S.

I highly recommend this film, as well as "The Holy Mountain", "El Topo", and "Santa Sangre", if you can track them down.


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