While the cinematic world is currently rubbing elbows at the Cannes Film Festival, which strives to continue to nourish and develop the cinematic artform, Alejandro Jodorowsky is ready—like many others before him—to start ringing the death knell of the medium. He’s pointing the finger directly at the culprit, and who he singles out probably won’t surprise you.
Chatting with Flavorwire, the director laid into the money-driven filmmaking at a studio level. “Hollywood pictures, industrial pictures are the end of movies. They will kill cinema. Pretty soon we will no longer have movies. We will have television series only,” he warns. And that’s not all.
“Industrial pictures are not art. They are necessary sometimes, like a cigarette. But they kill you,” he continued. “One picture every day for six months, that’s OK. But one picture every day, that will make you an idiot.”
Or course, Jodorowsky has never been a fan of the establishment. The closest the “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain” director has come was with his attempt to make “Dune,” an undertaking so potentially monumental and awesome, it probably wouldn’t have survived the studio process anyway. (You can learn more about that in the excellent documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune“—review here.) And if you think Jodorowsky is lobbing truth bombs without his own work to back him up, the filmmaker’s distinctive “Dance Of Reality” opens this week too (review here).
So, is Jodorowsky spot on? Or does he need to chill and maybe watch “Game Of Thrones“? Let us know below.