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Alexandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973)
seen a few postings about this MINDBLOWING film lately.
There seems to be a fairly eager reception for the new
release of this almost forgotten masterpiece! Rich in
unbelieveable spiritual imagery & prophetic political
undertones mixed with gore, deformity, metaphysics, vice
by coincidence I had been looking for it for a number
of years, as it was rumored to be the "weirdest
film EVER", also the directors first film "El
Topo" was a favorite of john Lennon's. thru some
weird twist of fate, "The Holy Mountain" was
funded by the BEATLES manager! But it was quickly taken
out of circulation due to a personality conflict between
jorodowski & the financiers that led to legal issues.
the film was removed form circulation shortly after
it's release in 1973 and has been almost impossible
producer/director/actor was actually on a very intense
spiritual quest at the time of the film and was convinced
he could Enlighten the whole world with it. The reality
of this comes thru in the film.
I recently found it on Bittorrent & I was not dissapointed!!
In fact beyond just being 'weird' the film was actually
a life-changing work of art that really moved me on
a number of levels. It's the film equivalent of a shamanic/alchemical
Initiation Ceremony mixed with an LSD trip in a sci-fi
Salvador Dali universe.
impossible to describe the film, and impossible to predict
until the final scene, which if seen in the right state
of mind, is really really energizing & funny after
the long physical & spiritual quest to reach the
summit of the mointain.
Just remastered for DVD too. The one i saw was a compressed
AVI, the remastered DVD at full resolution will be a
jaw-dropping cinematic experience.
Many sample pics below of some of the 1000s of stunningly
far-out scenes from the film.
Why do you make art? Why?
I make art because I'm an apple tree.
Yes. I want to try it ... with all kinds of mushrooms
I want to do it.
I don't think of movies as a game, in the pejorative sense
of the word.
It's a remarkable game. It's a master game. And we must
play a master
game, not a little game.
I think of movies as a way to enlightenment, as much as
I must use it. The first thing a film must change are
the actors who are in it;
and then the audiences.
If a young boy takes acid and experiences a change, the
least a film can do is give
him more than acid gives him. But you mustn't give him
the visions that
acid gives him; you must give him the pill. And then let
each individual see
his own visions. That's it.
I believe that not only is it necessary to do now,
but that is must be done. Enough of storytelling and playing
little games ...
little acting exercises, little dialogues, little music,
little movie houses. Films distributed by human excrement.
All they know how to eat is shit so they want to distribute
So a real film must create its own distributor.
And we must forget the idea of making it with Broadway
cinemas. In five years, those theatres will be used exclusively
for showing erotic film pamphlets to propagandize war.
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