The Holy Mountain [Blu-ray]
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In essence the film is a series of literalized metaphors about the archetypal spiritual journey to experience reality beyond illusion, a quest motivated by a desire to transcend the absurd horrors of civilization: war, greed, corruption, self-obsession and the politics of power. As such the characters and events themselves are largely symbolic. Unlike a lot of avant-garde films, Holy Mountain's narrative is structured and surprisingly linear, though it flowers like a rambling, slightly disjointed dream.
Jodorowsky's spiritual path is an unflinching synthesis of the basic conceptual and aesthetic elements of many mystical traditions, including Zen's formal simplicity, Kabbalic and Hindu ritual, Alchemical processes, Shamanic trials, master/student dynamics and the mythology of the Holy Mountain itself, all of which are gracefully blended into the artful and psychedelic texture of the film.
Despite the clichéd "ancient wisdom" aspect of some moments, The Holy Mountain achieves what is a fairly fresh and ultimately tongue-in-cheek attempt to enlighten the audience.Read more ›
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El Topo was about a man seeking enlightenment and was made before Jodorowsky had ever smoked marijuana or taken LSD. The Holy Mountain is the attempt to enlighten the entire society. To prepare, he found a Guru, who gave him LSD. Then after he had gathered his cast, he took them on a three month retreat to prepare, and the film itself seems to have taken six months to shoot. When I met Jodorowsky in 2003, he called El Topo his favorite son; The Holy Mountain his troubled son; and Santa Sangre his perfect son. All three are essential works. Jodorowsky truly is Alexandro the Great.
Holy Mountain is not about being high, it is about seeing through all illusions, of which getting high very much is one of those illusions. It is a huge satire of the modern world in which the Alchemist (played by Alexandro himself) finds the most horrible people in the solar system, and then takes them on a quest that pacifies them by promising immortality - just like the regular religions!
For a film that does not go "inside" any of the characters -- we see them in beautifully framed compositions -- it is very easy to follow and never lets the viewer down. In the end, he even reveals the secret of immortality. "And here we are -- mortals, more human than ever."
I think I should note that Richard Rutowski, who worked with Oliver Stone on several of his most interesting works (like The Doors, Nixon, and U Turn), plays the character Axon.
I believe The Holy Moutain may be the most perfect Utopian vision ever put on film.
And if someone tried to make a film like this today, they'd probably be arrested.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A strange trip through the postmodern world, from an artist perspective. Very stylistic in its vision, and ahead of its time politicaly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
HOLY MOUNTAIN is a film that is DIVISIVE. It is OCCULT. It has been called one of the WEIRDEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME. Some will watch it and FALL IN LOVE. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Prof. Plum
Excellent occult treatise by a talented and visionary director.Published 10 months ago by Aaron Rathbun Enterprises
YES, showing a nice bunch of levels, with insight, humor, and so on and on and onPublished 11 months ago by elise bennike reich
I enjoy movies. I enjoy 'films'. I enjoy being entertained, and I enjoy being enlightened. If you take the time to watch this 'film' from beginning to end, you will only have... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wishbone
I first discovered this movie and director 15 years ago and I love all 3 of his movies(El Topo&Santa Sangre included)and I must say the man is a true artist. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Schizo Kris
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