Topo

Topo

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Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau, Jose Luis Fernandez

     
 

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This violent and allegorical Mexican western attracted a cult following in its day. It is the story of El Topo, a gunslinger who sets out for revenge against the outlaws who slew his wife. He ends up getting his revenge and saving the life of a woman who is being terrorized by bandits. She leads El Topo (which means "the Mole" in English) on a search for the region's… See more details below

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This violent and allegorical Mexican western attracted a cult following in its day. It is the story of El Topo, a gunslinger who sets out for revenge against the outlaws who slew his wife. He ends up getting his revenge and saving the life of a woman who is being terrorized by bandits. She leads El Topo (which means "the Mole" in English) on a search for the region's top four gunfighters. But before they set off, Topo leaves his young son in a monastery. He and the woman hook up with another female and begin their search. During one battle, El Topo is wounded and the women leave him to die. His comatose body is found by a strange group of cave dwelling people who take him to their subterranean home. He does not wake up for many years. When he does, he is enlisted to help the clan dig an escape tunnel. Later they come to a tiny town where the residents belong to a weird religious cult and El Topo's son has become a monk. The townsfolk are terrorized by a sadistic sheriff. When the clan members come into the town, the stage is set for a blood-soaked tragedy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Virtually out of circulation from the mid-1970s into the 1990s, performance artist/provocateur Alejandro Jodorowsky's second film El Topo claims a place in film history as the first "midnight movie." Determined to bypass traditional distribution after his experience with his first film Fando and Lis (1968), Jodorowsky sought another route for his surreal western. Described by critics as Sergio Leone crossed with Luis Buñuel, Sam Peckinpah, and Jean-Luc Godard, and infused with eastern and western religious iconography, El Topo premiered at New York's Elgin Theater at midnight in December 1970 and began playing at the witching hour every evening. With almost no publicity, El Topo quickly became a cult sensation, as Jodorowsky's trippy, ultra-violent screen quest for "sainthood" deeply appealed to the Elgin's hipster, counterculture crowd (especially since the management tolerated pot-smoking). Picked up for distribution six months into its Elgin run on the recommendation of fan John Lennon, El Topo divided critics over whether it was a timely avant-garde masterpiece or reactionary faux art pandering to its acolytes' worst impulses. Regardless, El Topo all but vanished by 1975 in the wake of the distributor's stipulation that it play only with Jodorowsky's less-admired Holy Mountain (1973), with its rare screenings raising the question of whether El Topo could have succeeded outside of its cultural moment.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
UPC:
0013137600098
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:04:00

Special Features

Feature commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky; Subtitled features, bonus material, and commentary tracks; On camera interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky; Original theatrical trailer; Photo gallery/Original script excerpts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky El Topo
Brontis Jodorowsky Son Of El Topo (as a boy)
Alfonso Arau Bandit 1
Jose Luis Fernandez Bandit 2
Gerardo Cepeda Bandit 4
Rene Barrera Bandit 5
David Silva The Colonel
Julian DeMeriche Priest
Juan Jose Gurrola 2nd Master
Agustin Isunza 4th Master
Robert John Son Of El Topo (as a man)
Mara Lorenzio Mara
Jacqueline Luis The Small Woman
Paula Romo The Woman in Black

Technical Credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky Director,Score Composer,Costumes/Costume Designer,Editor,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Rafael Corkidi Cinematographer
Allen Klein Producer
Federico Landeros Editor
Nacho Mendez Score Composer
Roberto Viskin Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky: El Topo
1. The Burial [:07]
2. The Bandits [5:58]
3. The Colonel [8:43]
4. Mara [17:48]
5. 1st Master [6:35]
6. 2nd Master [10:18]
7. 3rd Master [9:35]
8. 4th Master [7:27]
9. Betrayal [4:37]
10. Rebirth [:41]
11. Town [5:05]
12. Beggars [6:45]
13. Miracle [4:56]
14. Tunnel [10:55]

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