Tusk / Alejandro Jodorowsky

Tusk (Poo Lorn L’Elephant) is a 1980 French children’s fable film shot in India, directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Nicholas Niciphor. The film explores the soul-mate relationship between a young British woman living in India and a highly prized elephant. It is based on the novel Poo Lorn L’Elephant by Reginald Campbell.

The film was never given wide release, it wasn’t well received by the critics and Jodorowsky has since disowned the film.

“When I finished Tusk, the producer was a thief. He said he was broke, and the picture I made was only the first edit but it should have had half an hour more. And I could never cut the picture and take out what I didn’t like. If I take out what I don’t like, it will be a very nice film for children. But I cannot.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, play director, actor, author, mime, poet, musician, comic book writer, scholar in comparative religion, tarot reader and psychotherapist. He is perhaps best-known for the 1970 film El Topo.

The son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants, Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in the north of Chile in 1929. Entering the theatre at an early age, Jodorowsky eventually enrolled at the University of Chile, where he developed an interest in puppetry, poetry and mime.

In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked both in mainstream theatre (directing Roland Topor and Fernando Arrabal, he created the “Panic Movement.”

In 1968, Jodorowsky shot his first feature film ‘Fando Y Lis’ in Mexico. The film provoked a riot when it debuted at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival. However, it was ‘El Topo’ (1971), hailed by John Lennon as a masterpiece, which catapulted Jodorowsky’s career, starting the Midnight Movies phenomenon. In 1973, ‘The Holy Mountain’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is still considered today his most daring film.

Jodorowsky’s filmography also includes “Tusk” (1979), the critically acclaimed “Santa Sangre” (1989) and “The Rainbow Thief” (1990), starring Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole.

A true Renaissance man, Jodorowsky has also developed a career as a graphic novelist, collaborating with famous illustrators like Moebius and Juan Gimenez, as a writer and as a specialist in the art of Tarot. From his practice as a tarot reader, his years working in the theatre and influenced by psychoanalysis, he has developed a mixture of psychotherapy and shamanism called Psychomagic.

Alejandro Jodorowsky currently lives in Paris with his wife Pascale Montandon and his two cats and offers free Tarot reading once a week to guide his many followers.

Tusk (Poo Lorn L'Elephant)
Director / Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast / Cyrielle Claire, Anton Diffring, Serge Merlin, Christopher Mitchum
Written by / Reginald Campbell (novel "Poo Lorn of the Elephants"), Nicholas Niciphor (scenario & adaptation), Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jeffrey O'Kelly
Production / Yang Films, Les Films 21
Running Time / 114 min
Released / 1980
Links / Wikipedia, IMDB

Alejandro Jodorowsky
Aliases / Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky
Origin / Chile
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