Thursday, May 7, 2009

El Topo (1970)

El Topo (The Mole) is a totally bizarre, surrealistic, allegorical, cult western movie and underground film, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf performers, and heavy doses of Christian symbolism and Eastern philosophy, the film is about the eponymous character - a violent, black-clad gunfighter - and his quest for enlightenment. For many years the film could only be seen at midnight screenings, in arthouses and via video bootlegs until its official DVD release on May 1, 2007. Apparently, El Topo was one of John Lennon's favorite films. David Lynch was also a big fan (see Eraserhead). Jodorowsky once claimed, "I ask of cinema what most North Americans ask of psychedelic drugs." This film contains Graphic Violence, Nudity and Sexual Situations. It is not recommended for children under 18 years of age.

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