Special Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Alchemy of Jodorowsky:

El Topo (1970)

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The 1970 “psychedelic western” El Topo follows a brazen gunslinger who abandons his young son in a quest to defeat four masters before being rescued by an underground cadre of little people, paraplegic and disfigured individuals who are shunned by society. Championed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the film started the “midnight movie” phenomenon, playing at the Elgin Theater in New York for years. The former Beatle would buy the rights to El Topo and secure funding for Jodorowsky’s next film, The Holy Mountain. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as the mystic title character (played by Alejandro Jodorowsky) takes a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. As it seeks an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, El Topo remains the most controversial and violent quasi-Western head trip ever made.


Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta
western, avontuur
125 minuten


El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, riding a horse through a spiritual, mystical landscape strewn with old Western movie, and ancient Eastern religious symbols. Bandits slaughtered a village on his path, so El Topo avenges the massacred, then forcibly takes their leader’s woman Mara as his. El Topo’s surreal way is bloody, sexual and self-reflective, musing of his own demons, as he tries to vanquish those he encounters