Coffin Joe: The Strange World of Jose Mojica Marins | Chicago Reader

Coffin Joe: The Strange World of Jose Mojica Marins

Brazilian horror meister Jose Mojica Marins has gained a cult following abroad, and while he's largely ignored at home, his recurring character (and eventual namesake) Coffin Joe, an undertaker capable of unspeakable evils, is a fixture of Brazilian pop culture. This thorough and informative video documentary (66 min.) by journalists Andre Barcinski and Ivan Finotti traces Marins's career across five decades, during which he directed over 40 features and 100 TV films. In the interview segments he comes across as a genteel though blasphemous raconteur, recalling his impoverished childhood, salacious behind-the-scenes tidbits, and problems with censors, while family and close associates comment on his ingenuity and disregard for money. Clips from his work—including At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul and This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse—show a filmmaker who may not rank with Buñuel, as some have claimed, but certainly compares to George Romero and Dario Argento. Also on the program is an excerpt from Jon Ausbrooks's forthcoming documentary Inside the Eye of Scorpio Rising (11 min.), about the making of Kenneth Anger?s underground classic Scorpio Rising.

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