From The Desk Of Amanda Palmer: “Santa Sangre”

Amanda Palmer has been a busy lady. It’s been four years since her last record, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, and in the interim she’s been dabbling in all sorts of projects: business (you can read about her huge Kickstarter success), music (channeling her musical roots for her new album, Theatre Is Evil) and fun (adapting Neutral Milk Hotel for a high-school production). Palmer will also be guest editing all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

Palmer: This is one of the best movies ever made, especially if you’re an artist with mother issues. (And who isn’t?? Hi, mom.) Directed by wonderfully twisted Alejandro Jodorowsky, Santa Sangre follows the warped psychodrama of Fenix, a child of two circus parents who grows up with a crippled kind of blood-lust fantasy. The humor is blacker than death, but the main allure of the film, for me, is the absolutely no-holds barred dream-like aesthetic to which it commits—it’s a painting, a world, an absolute commitment to a particular brand of human beauty and insanity that I just want to dive into and swim around in. I do, in fact. I’ve used the poster image for this film multiple times when trying to explain my aesthetic to stage and clothing designers.

Video after the jump.