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#NightOwl!  Each week live from Phoenix, Arizona the Night Owl’s Sci-Fi Cinema hosts FREE vintage U.S., and classic foreign Sci-Fi films!

Tired of remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, no originality? KEEP IT CLASSIC ON SCI-FI SATURDAY & SUNDAY!  #keepitclassic Straight from the his desert lair, the Night Owl brings you Intergalactic invasions, space operas in a galaxies far far way, quantum twists, alien sex, time travel, forbidden planets, attacks & adventures in our solar system, alien monsters, vampires, mad scientists, werewolves, – all vintage and classic science fiction and horror for your download, bookmark, and FREE entertainment!

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SCI-FI SATURDAY!  CLASSIC FEATURE ::: Tonight’s film ::: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s FANDO Y LIS (1968)

Fando Y Lis is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first feature-length film, based on a play of the same name by Fernando Arrabal. When it premiered at the Acapulco Film Festival in 1968, a riot broke out over what was perceived to be its blasphemous nature and the film was subsequently banned in Mexico.

fando-669x1024Filmed in black and white and with a very low budget, the film follows Fando (Sergio Kleiner) and his paraplegic lover Lis (Diana Mariscal) as they make their way through a grim post-apocalyptic landscape searching for the town of Tar. The mythic town is rumored to make all of your dreams come true. Along the way, they meet up with a very strange cast of characters. They come upon a ruined town where the women try to lure Fando into sex games and Lis is forced to fend for herself. Other scenarios involve people bathing in mud, where Fando leaves Lis to stand on her own for a while; a group of cross-dressers who dress Fando and Lis in each other’s clothing in a surreal gender bending scene; and a rather unsettling scene where Fando undresses Lis and allows strange men touch her naked body. One sequence in particular involves four old women playing cards, with the winner of each hand getting up close and personal with a young, buff man. I can’t say why, but for me the depravity of this scene had a similar disturbing feel to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, or the Hundred Days of Sodom, which wasn’t released until 1975. By the time the film reaches its conclusion, Lis has been transformed into a Christ-like figure.

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