Jodorowsky’s Catharsis

Watched the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune last night. Very interesting documentary.

I think that Frank Herbert’s influence on Catharsis is pretty clear. While I didn’t borrow much in the way of plot, quite a lot in phrasing and style come from Herbert. Dune is definitely a novel that’s had a profound affect on me over the years both as a writer and just as a person. It’s a true masterpiece.

Jodorowsky has been much less of an influence on me. But, I am aware of his work. Seeing how much of an influence he’s had on the film industry without ever actually making his most influential film is a bit inspirational.

Even more inspirational to me personally is Jodorowsky’s marriage of sci-fi with Western mysticism. Obviously, at the heart of the Bodhi Trilogy is an attempt to take concepts of Western mysticism (especially Theosophy) and build a sci-fi story from them. To know I’m not completely alone in that effort was a nice thing to see.

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