An experimantal tale in which classic Americana and avant-garde cinema meet Zen Buddhism and the Bible, as El Topo, a master gunfighter and cosmic mystic, must defeat his four sharp-shooting rivals while on an increasingly bizarre path to enlightenment.
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A very strange film overall. The technical aspects were great. I enjoyed the story and its absurdist approach. I feel as though I enjoyed the middle of the film the most, but the more I think about it, the whole thing is interesting. Its critique of society and religion are good- I especially liked the scene in the church with their little song reduced to a mere slogan that shows the fanaticism and reach of faith.
“El topo es un animal que cava galerías bajo la tierra buscando el sol y a veces su camino lo lleva a la superficie: cuando ve el sol, queda ciego”. El Topo is Jodorowsky's masterpiece and absolute perfection.
While you may not be impressed with Jodorowsky's craftsmanship, his bizarre creative vision is what elevates El Topo as a unique experience. Also, he had the balls to make these kind of movies in the effin' 70's.
My second favorite movie from him after Santa Sangre.
God, what the hell did I just watch? I feel like being stoned must be a prerequisite for watching this film, as I assume most viewers who saw this in the seventies must have been. I can't describe anything that occurs in El Topo. Just watch it. There's plenty of eye candy too, the cinematography is amazing.
Crazy ass movie. This man is one crazy motherfucker and his movie is weird as shit. Though interesting as helll to look at. At times it tests you to just look at these weirdos. And the messages are all over the place.