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EL TOPO

MEXICO, 1970 (MIFF 2007)

Director: Alexandro Jodorowsky

EL TOPO

Presented in a fully restored print, this visceral, quasi-Western is credited as starting the ‘midnight movies' phenomenon. El Topo tells of a black-clad gunslinger whose yearning for spiritual enlightenment leads him into the desert on an adventure that defies rational explanation. As the film's tagline goes: See the naked young Franciscans whipped with cactus. See the bandit leader disemboweled. See the priest ride into the sunset with a midget and her newborn baby. What it all means isn't exactly clear but you won't forget it. “El Topo devotes his life to a spaced-out quest that's first cousin to the journeys in the Ring trilogy, Stranger in a Strange Land, maybe Easy Rider, certainly 2001, and most obviously to the goalless, introspective missions of Eastwood's Man with No Name.” - Chicago Sun-Times

D/S Alejandro Jodorowsky P Juan López Moctezuma, Moishe Rosemberg, Saúl Rosemberg Dist Siren Visual L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1971/125mins

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