(“The Guernica Tree”)
Production: France/Italy, 1975
Director: Fernando Arrabal
Category: Counter-Culture
Arrabal’s bizarre and horrific retelling of the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, with some images of beautiful blasphemy that include blowing up and pissing on Christ, and a dwarf smearing semen on the lips of the Virgin Mary; Arrabal also intercuts footage of Hitler and shows us executions, dwarf crucifixion, dwarfs dressed as bulls being butchered as entertainment, and a naked child playing in a room of human skulls – actually going beyond his on-off collaborator Alejandro Jodorowsky in the realms of visual excess.

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