Ten years ago, Alejandro Jodorowksy published his autobiography, The Dance of Reality, which recounts both the reality and a more magical interpretation of his early life in Tocopilla, Chile. It’s pretty hard to come by, and copies on Amazon cost as much as $45.00, and I’ve never read it despite being quite fascinated by the man and his work.
I’m not quite sure what to expect, then, of Jodorowsky’s film adaptation of the book. Speaking to GreenCine Daily this last week, he said that the film will shooting later in the year, and on location in Tocopilla:
At the end of the year I will make another movie, The Dance of Reality. That is what I am doing… Yes, in the town I was born in, in Chile. The whole town will collaborate with me. I speak to the authorities. They will do it.
As recently as January, Jodorowsky was hoping the film would shoot this May, so it’s obvious things have slipped a little – as is seemingly always the case with his pictures. Here’s a quote from an interview in The Wall Street Journal:
…in May, I will go to Chile and start to shoot my biography because I made a book named The Dance of Reality, which [is about] when I was a child in a little town in the north of Chile. It was a very magical moment, and we will start to do that; I have spoken already with the town, and all of the town is ready to work with me. So maybe that is my next project.
In fact, at that time, Dance of Reality was a back-up project with Sons of El Topo, a sequel to Jodorwosky’s seminal “midnight movie” expected to go first. It seems that Sons has, at least temporarily, lost its funding and now the plan is to do something even smaller, even cheaper, and more manageable. None of that should stop Dance of Reality being utterly beguiling, however.
Footnote: The world is littered with unmade films, but few of them look as twinkly and fascinating on the great junk pile as do Jodorowsky’s. His infamous 1970s attempt to make a film of Dune is the subject of a new documentary, for which Twitch recently premiered a trailer. Here it is: