My first experience with Jodorowsky was a bootleg shitty blurry DVD copy of “The Holy Mountain” and that shit blew my fucking mind!
I then got a hold of the Jodorowsky DVD Collection and watched his other movies. (Why isn’t Fando Y Lis listed here on The Auteurs)?
The first time I watched El Topo I thought it was kind of boring, dragged on, didn’t make sense, and wasn’t as surreal as “The Holy Mountain” that forever will be his masterpiece.
So a couple of nights ago I warmed up the vaporizer took a nice hit of that sweet smelling Mary…and proceeded to indulge myself with El Topo for the second viewing. Beautiful cinematography, the violence all though over the top wasn’t that graphic, what I noticed is that this movie is full of symbolism and metaphors deeply rooted in Mysticism, Zen Buddhism, Alchemy, Kabbalah etc. But the movie still didn’t make sense to me!!
My third viewing this time with the audio commentary with Jodorowsky himself (in spanish with English subtitles) and it every single image and scene made sense! I recommend EVERYONE to listen to that shit! This mutherfucker is a GENIUS I don’t give a fuck what anyone says. He acted in his own movie cuz all the mexican actors at that time were too pussy to SHAVE their heads, he used his REAL son, real cripples, dwarfs, Shamans, random girls he met who were on acid! I mean how the FUCK can you film a movie when half the crew is on LSD?!?!
That’s why he is a true artist. He doesn’t give a FUCK about conventional cinema, he doesn’t care if the audience walks out, or if the critics bash it he was making a revolutionary movie! Sergio Leone who spent MILLIONS making Epic Spaghetti Westerns even asked Jodo, “How the hell did you shoot those magnificent crane shots?” and Jodo replied, “I just stood on a bunch of chairs”! HAHA
I love his views on actors and entertainers. He says that well known actors DESTROY cinema because they want to change the script, they want more money, it’s their EGO, instead of the money going to the director’s artistic vision it goes to the actors and that’s true! The same with “Theatres” it’s owned by greedy corporate bastards who only want to make 1 hour and 30 minute movies that cater to a specific audience and genre.
He mentions that he wants to take CINEMA OUT OF the Theatres, and project his art on the streets across walls in the cities/towns/etc so people can watch it. He’s not worried about making a profit, just doing it for the love of art! That’s what I respect about this man. Always staying true to his vision!
Out of 10 I give this a solid 8.5 a magnificent surreal journey! Show your friends, show your family, show your fuckin priest I don’t care just show them El Topo….because The Holy Mountain would be TOO much for them……now that’s a different story!