Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean and French avant-garde filmmaker. Best known for his 1970s films El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation". Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alejandro Jodorowsky has received more than 4,402,055 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Alejandro Jodorowsky is the 425th most popular writer (down from 302nd in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Chile (down from 4th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chilean Writer.

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, author, actor, and psychotherapist. He is most famous for his avant-garde films, such as El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

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Notable Works

Maestro y las magas
Biography & Autobiography
Jodorowsky’s memoirs of his experiences with Master Takata and the group of wisewomen--magiciennes--who influenced his spiritual growth • Reveals Jodorowsky turning the same unsparing spiritual vision seen in El Topo to his own spiritual quest • Shows how the author’s spiritual insight and progress was catalyzed repeatedly by wisewoman shamans and healers In 1970, John Lennon introduced to the world Alejandro Jodorowsky and the movie, El Topo, that he wrote, starred in, and directed. The movie and its author instantly became a counterculture icon. The New York Times said the film “demands to be seen,” and Newsweek called it “An Extraordinary Movie!” But that was only the beginning of the story and the controversy of El Topo, and the journey of its brilliant creator. His spiritual quest began with the Japanese master Ejo Takata, the man who introduced him to the practice of meditation, Zen Buddhism, and the wisdom of the koans. Yet in this autobiographical account of his spiritual journey, Jodorowsky reveals that it was a small group of wisewomen, far removed from the world of Buddhism, who initiated him and taught him how to put the wisdom he had learned from his master into practice. At the direction of Takata, Jodorowsky became a student of the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, thus beginning a journey in which vital spiritual lessons were transmitted to him by various women who were masters of their particular crafts. These women included Doña Magdalena, who taught him “initiatic” or spiritual massage; the powerful Mexican actress known as La Tigresa (the “tigress”); and Reyna D’Assia, daughter of the famed spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff. Other important wisewomen on Jodorowsky’s spiritual path include María Sabina, the priestess of the sacred mushrooms; the healer Pachita; and the Chilean singer Violeta Parra. The teachings of these women enabled him to discard the emotional armor that was hindering his advancement on the path of spiritual awareness and enlightenment.
El Maestro Y Las Magas
Evangelios Para Sanar
La danza de la realidad
Donde Mejor Canta Un Pajaro


Among writers, Alejandro Jodorowsky ranks 425 out of 7,302Before him are John Keats, Arion, Sholem Aleichem, Lactantius, Constantine P. Cavafy, and Seneca the Elder. After him are Nadine Gordimer, Vladimir Vysotsky, Philip Roth, William of Rubruck, Phaedrus, and Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Among people born in 1929, Alejandro Jodorowsky ranks 30Before him are Sándor Kocsis, Christopher Plummer, Djalma Santos, Tigran Petrosian, James Hong, and Sam Nujoma. After him are Isamu Akasaki, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Rudolf Mössbauer, Lata Mangeshkar, Chet Baker, and Hafizullah Amin.

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In Chile

Among people born in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky ranks 5 out of 321Before him are Augusto Pinochet (1915), Salvador Allende (1908), Pablo Neruda (1904), and Víctor Jara (1932). After him are Gabriela Mistral (1889), Michelle Bachelet (1951), Sebastián Piñera (1949), Bernardo O'Higgins (1778), Manuel Pellegrini (1953), Luis Sepúlveda (1949), and Patricio Aylwin (1918).

Among WRITERS In Chile

Among writers born in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky ranks 2Before him are Pablo Neruda (1904). After him are Gabriela Mistral (1889), Luis Sepúlveda (1949), Roberto Bolaño (1953), Nicanor Parra (1914), Sergio Badilla Castillo (1947), Antonio Skármeta (1940), José Donoso (1924), Vicente Huidobro (1893), Cristina Calderón (1928), and Alberto Hurtado (1901).