High for the Holidays: THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky
Year 1973
Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders
Rating R
Run Time 124min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky followed up his intense cult hit EL TOPO with this even more intense meditation on planetary relations, black ritual, and general grotesqueries.  THE HOLY MOUNTAIN follows a Christlike protagonist as he joins a footless, handless dwarf to perform in a village for tourist dollars.  The man then leaves town, gets himself involved with an Alchemist who can turn excrement into gold, and finally launches into a series of astrological visions that result in a mind-numbing tornado of satirical surrealism.  Jodorowsky is a master of weird, but his films never feel superficial or arbitrary.  He is a visionary artist in the truest sense, and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, while not the underground sensation that EL TOPO is, may very well be his most expressive and honest work.  If you like your high to be tempered with a lot of flooring “WTF,” this is the picture for you.

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