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We began in a fairytale and we came to life, but is this life reality? No. It is a film. Zoom back camera. We are images, dreams, photographs. We must not stay here. Prisoners! We shall break the illusion. This is magic! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us.
Vomiting out visual ideas and lots of new age-pseudo mystical bullshit is enough to make me roll my eyes and/or laugh uncontrollably. Jodorowsky doesn't hold a thing here, nevertheless I think this kind of film is quite necessary to serve for other artist like some sort of red traffic light, there's always a point where is just much ado about nothing.
Despite its reputation, this is far from the bizarre genre film it is painted as - its a legitimately serious take on spiritual enlightment, one which filters its up-front ideas in a barrage of transgressive images and symbolism together with humour and intentionally surreal images. It is continually in danger of collapsing in on itself, but it manages to become a unique and successful work entirely by itself.
this is not a film.
this is not an experiment.
this is a complete circus act made to enlarge a mans ego, disguised as a documentary about a group of people going through a spiritual journey.
thank god mexico didnt want it.
Total balls-out spectacle, some of the most imaginative, batshit insane scenes ever filmed, fucking exhilarating then depressing when you realize that something like this would never in a million years get funding today. Fuck this decade.
Surrealist filmmaking at its finest, with some of the most striking and comically absurd images ever put on film. Though not quite as consistent as his masterpiece 'El Topo', as with all of Jodorowsky's works, it's a sight to behold.