Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN & Alejandro Jodorowsky's EL TOPO
Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (R, 1973, 116 min)
The Alchemist (Alejandro Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life. His intention is to put the recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip where they ascend The Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe. Mountain premiered at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, causing riots to break out in response to Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism.
Alejandro Jodorowsky's EL TOPO (R, 1970, 125 min)
Classic Americana and avant-garde European cinema sensibilities meet Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and comic mystic El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky) must defeat his four sharp shooting rivals on an ever increasing bizarre path to allegorical self-enlightenment and surreal resurrection. The film was the most talked about, most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made, transforming the way risk-taking audiences, seeking mainstream Hollywood alternatives, watched edgy underground films.
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