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8.3
/10
5,986 Ratings

The Holy Mountain

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Mexico, 1973
Fantasy, Adventure, Drama

Synopsis

In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Our take

Financed by John and Yoko (!), The Holy Mountain is the infamous, surreal masterpiece of one of cinema’s great howling prophets: Alejandro Jodorowsky. Zany, subversive, and not for the faint of heart, it’s a lucid dream that lodges itself directly in the subconscious—and there it stays.

The Holy Mountain Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The allegory amps up as they acquire the assistance of the seven most powerful individuals under the sun, and together they embark on a journey to the titular sacred mountain. But all this is filtered through Jodorowsky’s kaleidoscope, complete with disorienting aerial shots and eerily elegant mirror images, hallucination fuel for those not already under the influence.
February 24, 2012
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A scandal when first released, Mr. Jodorowsky’s movie is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and the exploitation of third world cultures by the West. It unfurls like a hallucinogenic daydream, which is to be expected, considering that it’s the follow-up to Mr. Jodorowsky’s midnight movie “El Topo.”
April 18, 2007
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…The Holy Mountain is nothing if not exuberant while cartwheeling its way through the cosmos and back through the non sequitur-strewn plains and deserts, towns and cities… of Mexico. Jodorowsky nearly died twice during the production, one time at the hands of his own lead, stirring one to bestow The Holy Mountain with that oft-overused label of a “passion project.” For even if you don’t totally buy what Jodorowsky is selling, you have to stand in awe of his belief in his intangible product.
May 13, 2011
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