Remembering the Time Alejandro Jodorowsky Raped a Woman in the Name of Art

Here’s a bit of psychedelic cultural history that I try my best to forget on most occasions, but in light of recent events and societal trends now’s probably the best time to rehash it. If you’re wondering who the source on this is exactly, well, that’d be Jodorowsky himself from his book about El Topo. That’s right, you’ve probably watched this rape. (from Nightmare Alleys via his book):

“When I wanted to do the rape scene, I explained to [Mara Lorenzio] that I was going to hit her and rape her. There was no emotional relationship between us, because I had put a clause in all the women’s contracts stating that they would not make love with the director. We had never talked to each other. I knew nothing about her. We went to the desert with two other people: the photographer and a technician. No one else. I said, ‘I’m not going to rehearse. There will be only one take because it will be impossible to repeat. Roll the cameras only when I signal you to.’ Then I told her, ‘Pain does not hurt. Hit me.’ And she hit me. I said, ‘Harder.’ And she started to hit me very hard, hard enough to break a rib…I ached for a week. After she had hit me long enough and hard enough to tire her, I said, ‘Now it’s my turn. Roll the cameras.’ And I really…I really…I really raped her. And she screamed.”

What’s a bit sadder is that this is how he describes the actress:

Yes, the first woman, the blond, came to my home one day. She was in bad shape. At one time in her life she had taken LSD in great quantities, and had suffered. She had been in a hospital for mental illness. I said, “I will make a film with you. You will have the starring role.” And she believed me. She didn’t know who I was. And I didn’t know her name…One day she said, “My name is Mara.” After we filmed the movie, she left. I don’t know where she is.

But at least it gets better because, oh wait it gets worse.

“Then [Mara Lorenzio] told me that she had been raped before. You see, for me the character is frigid until El Topo rapes her. And she has an orgasm. That’s why I show a stone phallus in that scene … which spouts water. She has an orgasm. She accepts the male sex. And that’s what happened to Mara in reality. She really had that problem. Fantastic scene. A very, very strong scene.”

(Read the rest over at Nightmare Alley)

Now, that Nightmare Alley piece hates the movie El Topo and is incredibly anti-Jodorowsky in general but I mean, there’s really no defending this shit. He also killed a ton of animals making that movie for effect. Alejandro again claimed the rape scene was “consensual” in this 2014 interview, but cops to actually fucking her in the scene.

That doesn’t make it a ton better really. So, you took this sexually abused woman with mental problems and was then like: “Hey, you want to relive the experience of being raped for my art movie for no reason?” Then you bragged about the fact that you raped her in a book because you thought that shit was hardcore method directing or whatever. Also, umm, we all thought it was fake anyway, so what was the necessity in actually doing it? Fake would have been better. Didn’t occur to me that it was real until you ran your mouth.

Anywho, I love Jodorowky’s work and in my world I can separate this from the art itself. Or I try to. Just got into his graphic novels in the last year or so and they’re fucking amazing. If it makes you feel better, David Bowie deflowered a 14 year old, used Nazi imagery in his art when he was coked out of his mind and was accused of sexual assault on several occasions back in the day. I still dig his music. Jimmy Page nailed the same 14 year old Bowie fucked and essentially kidnapped her so people wouldn’t find out she was his sex toy. I still listen to Zeppelin.

Fuck, I’m doing the opposite of pulling myself out of this. Errr, well Daniel Pinchbeck just publicly attributed his “predatory” sexual behavior to his childhood enemas.

Okay, that’s not working either. How about a pug in a Teen Wolf costume?


That’s sort of better.


Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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