The Holy Mountain (Uncut)(1973) A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious

and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek out the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. *** WARNING *** This film may contain scenes that offend certain viewers. This film is for mature audiences only. Alejandro Jodorowsky Horácio Salinas ... Zamira Saunders Juan Ferrara ... Adriana Page ... Burt Kleiner ... Valerie Jodorowsky Nicky Nichols ... Richard Rutowski Rutowsky) Luis Lomeli ... Ana De Sade ... Chucho-Chucho Letícia Robles ... Connie De La Mora Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky Runtime: 114 mins Codecs: Video : 1.09 GB, 1362 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720*304 (Unknown), XVID = XVID Mpeg-4, Audio : 370 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 6 channels, 0x2000 = AC3 DVM, CBR, ........................................................................................................................................ I don't think this film can be "reviewed" in the normal sense of the word, only experienced as one would a painting or a piece of music. Having only seen it two nights ago, I'm not even sure I've fully processed it. In any case... To begin, the images, the images. The first 20 minutes contain some of the most astonishing images I've seen, combining Christian iconography, Latin American history, futurism, mysticism, and political commentary. As if Fellini had a sinister twin working with his leftover film and props. As the film progresses I thought the set pieces became a little dated and, frankly, I experienced sensory overload. I'm sure a lot of viewers would reject this film as pointless or indulgent. I can't say I understood exactly what Jodoworsky was getting at (if anything), or if it would even make an impact on my view of the world. But if film is to be defined as image over everything else, then Jodoworsky is certainly some sort of master filmmaker. I'd rather watch something like this, filled ... The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky) The Thief (as Hector Salinas) ... The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders) Fon, He whose planet is Venus Isla, She whose planet is Mars Klen, He whose planet is Jupiter ... Sel, She whose planet is Saturn Berg, He whose planet is Uranus ... Axon, He whose planet is Neptune (as Richard Lut, He whose planet is Pluto The Prostitute ... The Chimpanzee Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles) ... Bald Woman 2

.. Now when you get to the end and Jodorowsky winks at you............................. laugh at how their trip was pointless.... like many people who have seen "The Holy Mountain............" While this movie is up to interpretation... The whole point of the film is pointlessness.." Later. colorful sets)........... Despite what you may have heard. When you witness "The Government" indoctrinating children with a hatred for the nation of Peru by printing up comic books called "Captain Captain Against The Peruvian Monster"............. or didn't watch the film to its conclusion (or both).. if you can appreciate absurdity and profundity and the absurdity of profundity (not to mention enormous........... you'll find a lot to like here.... Basically..... I feel that Jodorowsky showed so much symbolism and shocking imagery together in order to emphasize the fact that all religious and mystical symbols are equally absurd...... but the heaps of blatant symbolism aren't really the point..... They go through many confusing and mystical treks until they finally reach the mountain.. The secret to appreciating it all is to come prepared to chuckle--some things you'll "get".........." and he goes on to list several.. in some way... more funny than disturbing. you can rack your brain trying to figure out what kind of statement that makes about society--or you can laugh....... "The Holy Mountain" is more absurd than surreal...... I truly believe that the end of this film reveals the true nature of the message Jodorowsky was trying to get across. than a plot-driven movie with nothing more on its mind than wrapping up loose ends for the audience.... The film is meaningless and an ......... but most everything is twisted and absurd and... at the end Jodorowsky lifts the veil and shows that it was all meaningless................... When you see a fat man dressed as the Virgin Mary handing out crucifixes under a sign that says "Christs For Sale".....with ideas (however pretentious).. In the movie..... .. Then Jodorowsky says "Zoom out camera" and the camera zooms out to show the sound crew and cameramen..... funny..... Those who think all of this symbolism actually all means something either fell for Jodorowsky's joke........ I think this reviewer..... some things you won't....... It reveals the absurdity of religion and mysticism....... the characters go to seek absolute truth which they believe is on top of the Holy Mountain........ When they get there. he states: "To appreciate this film one needs to be widely read to appreciate the symbolism which permeates the whole movie.. Don't worry if your tarot cards are gathering dust and you can't remember the difference between wands and swords--such occult knowledge might help you achieve a few "Oh I get that!" moments during the middle of the film.................... Even the movie is an illusion In the film Jodorowsky says that "There have been hundreds of holy mountains... However... .. Most of the people who complain about this film say they don't get it and also claim that Jodorowsky went overboard with the use of symbolism and shocking imagery........" are reading WAY too much into the symbolism.. the wise men are fake and Jodorowsky & Co... One reviewer said this: "It's an episodic documentary that re-enacts much of the suffering and cruelty of past history and man's unceasing struggle to gain enlightenment and immortality which is said to be found on the top of the holy mountain....... in the same review.. you can lament the plight of innocents being manipulated for selfish ends--or you can laugh! This film bombards the viewer with outlandish images and juxtapositions like these in rapid fire throughout... In fact... it may just be that the point is: there is no point... you can wink right back......... so it's easy to get bogged down or confused or numb..... Jodorowsky shows an overwhelming slew of religious and mystical symbolism and many are led to believe that they are significant............

is what the Alchemist can do for the nine "planet" representatives any different than what a priest or a rabbi or a monk can promise? There is a level of intellectual stimulation... might be somewhat weaker in comparison with the rest of the film.. when around these folks). aside from the obvious emotional connection to the immense level of surrealism.. as Bunuel did in the past. and there could be more........ where the filmmaker asks it's audience to either go on the journey and be open to whatever he's liable to let out of the floodgates of his consciousness........ but for the first twenty minutes... But these are just symbolic of what one goes into seeing the movie.... And what is it to see a movie. which he demolishes except for one which he carries with him for a little while. outrageous... The Holy Mountain is one (bleeping) crazy art-house picture experience. gold can be the end result of literal excrement)... and really it actually never shows (and maybe it's just me as a jaded 21st century guy) to be as shocking as one might expect.. and some that isn't.. political espionage. At the core.. something a little much akin to El Topo with piling on Christian symbolism and imagery like its got to get into our heads right away. hilarious.. mayhap......... to experience it... There's more than just this.. architecture..... like a strange scene in a church.... as far as sheer surrealist entertainment value goes.. and going under his tutelage (and learning how. which is practically silent and without dialog. and as a police force of a sort. or belief that there can be a way to surpass mortality and live forever? Is there truly any basis to become more than just flesh and bones and organs and love and hate and desire and greed? Perhaps.. I think anyway. At first.... the genuine consciousness he creates in his Holy Mountain..the Alchemist......... even from all that preceded it as already containing cast quantities of rich socio-political-sexual commentary and prodding knife stabs at correctness.. however still in the context of Jodorowsky having his own subjective approach. Jodorowsky.. the director..... it might just be art itself. Religion itself... and meant to be in poor taste and so over the top you don't know what is up or down...did become a shaman himself to make ..... These other members are all shown in vignettes to be "manufacturers". dangerous... actually. is questioned very strongly and seriously.. or if to be closed off then to might as well leave. of weapons.. at the start...illusion.... it's extremely violent (watch out for your genitals.. however. Yet as the last section develops.. who comes into a village loaded with circus 'freaks' and gawkers at such 'freaks'. just like religion and the idea of higher powers. How does one start describing writer/director/star/master-of-ceremonies Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain? Sensational.. self-indulgent.. But soon Jodorowsky moves it along to 'Jesus' entering the realm of the Alchemist. learns about who the other members to go on the journey to the holy mountain will be..... is essentially asking? What about faith..... by the way. someone who seems to have all the knowledge and experience to take people to higher planes. there's more depth than I would have expected. in a sense. He gives us.... As I left the theater I kept on thinking about what it is to put total trust and confidence in a "master".. and is put into plaster-casting to make more Jesus figures.. I thought it couldn't get much better. as the Alchemist takes his pupils to the mountain to meet their promised fates. extraordinarily sexually charged (sex machines anyone?). Unlike El Topo. This part... some that is great (the scene with the frogs in the representation of the Spanish conquistadors is absolutely uproarious).. .. So as it goes... Of course.. that keeps one from thinking that this becomes all weird for its own sake.could be identifiable as. and enlightening could be some words... in-your-face.... Yes. really... which his own character Jodorowsky plays...who happens to be at the top of his game here stylistically... Jodorowsky this time is much more in control of his own delirious dreamscapes and... a Jesus-figure... with organized religion. if only because one wonders where the hell this is all going... we get immensely rich but sort of free-form symbolism... clothing.. second only to Santa Sangre as perhaps his most accomplished effort. More than ever Jodorowsky throws out the outrageousness to eat up. for the most part. (the much overused phrase) one-ofa-kind..... in the end.. It's here that Jodorowsky digs deep into the nature of the period he was filming in and how fascinating and perverse human beings can be.

.......... which were then served to customers upon being returned. ala sin)... * The Alchemist's shoes were inspired by those of Frankenstein's monster...... all the same.. Jodorowsky himself even dubbed the actor's enraged screams. Carmel" by St.." .. questioning what it means to submit yourself to indoctrination.... * The film is based on "The Ascent of Mt.. Jodorowsky is.." and they'd keep filling up with air and then blowing it out.. The film reportedly cost only half that amount.." The cast proceeded to leap in. * Jodorowsky recalls that the chameleon and toad circus was difficult to prepare for and film...... were incredibly sedate.. to "nothingness" as the Alchemist says to his pupils in their trances. Analogue" by Rene Daumal.. * During the boating sequence...this movie.... although that is very significant in the final section (the 'monster' over the boat... * Before filming began..... They were searching for their own truth. it was to have been the most expensive Mexican film production to date.. yet nonetheless gained the admiration of American director William Friedkin. It's not just Christianity that needs to be taken with a grain of salt... trying to escape. the final lines by the Alchemist (or rather....... so there is a level of legitimate connection to what religion says to provide us. who in turn hired him to do sound work for The Exorcist (1973).. The chameleons....... the naked truth.. but that it has to be in the person to understand what immortality REALLY means.......... Jodorowsky had intended to shoot a scene where the group leaps into the ocean to "get in the infinite waters.. * Much of the sound in the film was improvised by Mexican sound effects specialist Gonzalo Gavira.. the battling dogs were indeed real fighting dogs.......... * The "tumor" that the priests pull out of the back of the Thief's neck was an octopus the filmmakers purchased at a local market..... Jodorowsky himself). Jodorowsky states that the girls themselves were not actual actresses.. upon discovering the statues created in his likeness.......... hilarious trip into consciousness expansion..... make it a very poignant end to what has been a delirious....... and the cameraman would have to leave the camera rolling for long periods of time before they'd even flick their tongues or move their eyes.... as "their urine was like acid. John of the Cross and "Mt..000 (in USA dollars). then promptly began to drown.. At the same time.. * The movements from the opening scene ritual are actual movements of a Japanese tea ceremony.. * The crucified animal carcasses were borrowed from a local restaurant..... The toads themselves were hard to dress... * The Thief has no dialogue except for a single instance of saying "yes" throughout the film.. having both heels and high platforms as well... The crew was so busy trying to rescue them that nothing of the scene ended up being shot. * During Axon's hallucination....... ... merely two people who "wanted to have a spiritual experience. for example.. and suddenly (or not so suddenly) things become clearer..500. * At a projected budget of $1.. on the other hand.... has a lot that can be read into it.. director Alejandro Jodorowsky spent a week without sleep under a Zen Master's direction and lived communally with the film's cast for a month. The final revelation at the table on the mountain nails it on the head.

then proceeded to run off after the shot was complete. Jodorowsky stood his ground. Jodorowsky later expressed some regret over this in the Anchor Bay DVD commentary. the actor actually struck Jodorowsky for real. the shot where his anus is bathed. Rather than cast a stand-in. was originally up for the role of The Thief.particularly. El (1970). himself a big fan of Jodorowksy's work after having seen Topo. or remove the shot altogether. noting that Harrison's involvement could have exposed the film to an even larger audience. merely had an actor in a police uniform shop traffic while they filmed. but disagreed with the director over what he considered gratuitous nudity -. cutting his neck and nearly killing him.# SPOILER: George Harrison. # SPOILER: The crew didn't obtain any permits for the shot of the helicopter setting down in the street. prompting Harrison to drop out. . # SPOILER: During the decapitation scene. Jodorowsky reflects that had the sword actually been real. he would indeed have been decapitated.

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