Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Holy Mountain (1973)

With the success of his cult hit El Topo avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky seemingly pulled out all the stops on his next outing, The Holy Mountain. With production on a scale to match his grand ideas, this dazzling, big budget extravaganza if chocked full of startling and disturbing imagery as well as social, political, religious and sexual commentary. With stories of Black Masses being conducted on The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky himself claims he had to flee to New York to avoid being assassinated. Would you expect anything less from a man whose films are famous for inciting riots, requiring the director to be smuggled out of theatres in a limousine? In The Holy Mountain, a Christ-like figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek out the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. More...

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