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Holy Mountain
     

The Holy Mountain

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robert Carter, Ana De Sade, Juan Ferrara

Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robert Carter, Ana De Sade, Juan Ferrara

 

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A film that screams "product of its time," The Holy Mountain was Alejandro Jodorowsky's dizzying elegy to the sex, drugs and spiritual awakening of the late 1960s and early 1970s -- a suitably bizarre follow-up to his El Topo (1971). Fascinating although it only fitfully makes sense, The Holy Mountain is beautifully shot and designed, and it

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A film that screams "product of its time," The Holy Mountain was Alejandro Jodorowsky's dizzying elegy to the sex, drugs and spiritual awakening of the late 1960s and early 1970s -- a suitably bizarre follow-up to his El Topo (1971). Fascinating although it only fitfully makes sense, The Holy Mountain is beautifully shot and designed, and it suggests what might have resulted if Luis Buñuel, Michelangelo Antonioni, and George Romero had all dropped acid and made a movie together. A Christ-like vagrant and thief wanders through a perverse and unfriendly land until he encounters an enlightened one, who gathers the thief and six of the world's most powerful individuals for a spiritual pilgrimage. If that description sounds a bit sketchy, well, narrative isn't this film's strongest suit. But if you want to see the conquest of Mexico re-enacted by reptiles, soldiers shoot innocent people as birds fly from their wounds, and a wizard turn feces into gold, this is the movie for you.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
Though it is widely regarded as one of the first-rate experimental films of its time, Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain remains as influential as it is unseen. While its scenes have been copied in music videos by rockers such as Marilyn Manson, problems between Jodorowsky and producer Allen Klein kept the film hidden away in vaults for years. The fact that more people have not seen this incredible work is a shame, as The Holy Mountain packs in a massive amount of stunning images that are so joyfully bizarre, one cannot help but be amazed. Part of the film's charm is that the imagery is so random and surreal that its meaning is open to almost any interpretation. Topics as diverse as war, sex, violence, religion, immortality, necrophilia, bestiality, and castration are all given equal attention and carried out with great skill and beauty. With its massive sets, lavish costumes, and an enormous cast, watching this well-crafted film is an experience a viewer will never forget. Some of the subject matter shown in The Holy Mountain may not be for every taste, but for those who are willing, this is a pilgrimage worth taking.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
UPC:
0013137600197
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky Master
Robert Carter Actor
Ana De Sade Actor
Juan Ferrara Actor
Hector Ortega Actor
Richard Rutowski Actor
Jacqueline Voltaire Actor
Horacio Salinas Christ Figure
Ramona Saunders Disciple
Jose Flores Actor

Technical Credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky Director,Score Composer,Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Don Cherry Score Composer
Rafael Corkidi Cinematographer
Ronald Frangipane Score Composer
Gonzalo Gavira Sound/Sound Designer
Allen Klein Producer
Federico Landeros Editor
Robert Taicher Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Holy Mountain
1. The Initiation [8:13]
2. Chameleon Circus [3:57]
3. Christs For Sale [11:38]
4. Alchemist Tower [6:48]
5. Turn Into Gold [9:08]
6. The Companions [34:50]
7. Immorality [:41]
8. The Journey [5:57]
9. Crossing Waters [11:08]
10. The Climb [7:39]
11. Reality [7:14]
12. End Credits [4:46]

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