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HOLY MOUNTAIN, THE

MEXICO, 1973 (MIFF 2007)

Director: Alexandro Jodorowsky

HOLY MOUNTAIN, THE

“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.” - New York Times Although widely regarded as one of the best experimental films of its time, The Holy Mountain rarely screens due to political in-fighting between its producers, which makes this beautiful, fully restored print even more precious. The sets are enormous, the costumes lavish and the cast immense, culminating in an epic head-trip that may not be everyone's taste but is something worth experiencing. Starring Jodorowsky as the Alchemist, the meandering narrative follows a Christ-like figure who wanders through a series of surreal confrontations as he seeks out immortality and the Holy Mountain.

D/S Alejandro Jodorowsky P Alexandro Jodorowsky, Allen Klein Dist Siren Visual L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1973/114mins

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