Fando y Lis

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Fando & Lis
Fando y Lis.jpg
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Written by Fernando Arrabal
Starring Diana Mariscal
Sergio Kleiner
Music by Pepe Avila
Cinematography Rafael Corkidi
Distributed by Abkco Records
Release dates
Running time
96 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

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.[1] The film was later banned in Mexico.[2] Roman Polanski (who was 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.[2]

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


  1. ^ Rosenbaum, 1992. p.92
  2. ^ a b Rosenbaum, 1992. p.93

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