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 done in black and white on the weekends with a small budget and was first shown at the Acapulco Film Festival in 1968.
The film follows Fando (Sergio Klainer) and his paraplegic girlfriend Lis (Diana Mariscal) through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of the mythical city of Tar, where legend has it all wishes come true.
When the film premièred at the 1968 Acapulco film festival, a full scale riot broke out. The film was later banned in Mexico.
The film with thirteen minutes cut, was released in New York to generally negative reviews, with many critics comparing it unfavorably to Satyricon which had recently opened.
- ^ Rosenbaum, 1992. p.92
- ^ a b Rosenbaum, 1992. p.93
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