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Director  Alejandro Jodorowsky
Sequel  El Topo
Language  Spanish
7.1/10 IMDb

10/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Adventure, Fantasy
Initial DVD release  February 2014 (Germany)
Country  Mexico
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Release date  1968
Writer  Fernando Arrabal (play), Fernando Arrabal (dialogue), Alejandro Jodorowsky (dialogue), Fernando Arrabal (screenplay), Alejandro Jodorowsky (screenplay)
Initial release  February 2, 1970 (New York City)
Cast  Sergio Kleiner (Fando), Diana Mariscal (Lis), María Teresa Rivas (Fando's Mother), Tamara Garina (Pope), Valerie Jodorowsky (Junkyard Temptress/Woman with Leg Brace), Alejandro Jodorowsky (Puppeteer)
Similar movies  Insurgent, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The Maze Runner, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Tagline  See this film before it sees you

Fando y lis 1968

Fando y Lis is a film adaptation of a Fernando Arrabal play by the same name, and it is Alejandro Jodorowsky's first feature-length film. Arrabal was working with Jodorowsky on performance art at the time. The film was shot in high-contrast black-and-white on the week-ends with a small budget and was first shown at the Acapulco Film Festival in 1968.


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The film follows Fando (Sergio Klainer) and his paraplegic girlfriend Lis (Diana Mariscal) through a barren, postapocalyptic wasteland in search of the mythical city of Tar, a place where one will know the true nature of eternity, and reach enlightenment. On their journey they see many odd and profoundly disturbing characters and events.

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The narrative of the film leaves a lot to the audience's interpretation, as the avant-garde and surreal nature in which the events of the film are presented mimic the workings of the subconscious.


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When the film premièred at the 1968 Acapulco film festival, a full-scale riot broke out. The film was later banned in Mexico. Roman Polanski (who was there with his wife Sharon Tate to promote his film Rosemary's Baby) defended the film, stating that he defends any auteur's right of expressing himself with complete liberty and that censorship in art and culture was just not acceptable (as had happened to him in his motherland).

The film (cut by thirteen minutes) was released in New York to generally negative reviews, with many critics comparing it unfavorably to Fellini Satyricon, which had recently opened.

It currently holds a 67% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes.


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