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Release Date:
21 August 1974 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
This film gives the omniscient view of what social engineering caused by greed has done to the modern world, but shows us how to live and not give in to a material world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(99 articles)
Daily | Rivette, Hurtado(s), Jodorowsky
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John Welsey Harding See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alejandro Jodorowsky ... The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ... The Thief
Zamira Saunders ... The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ... Fon
Adriana Page ... Isla
Burt Kleiner ... Klen
Valerie Jodorowsky ... Sel
Nicky Nichols ... Berg
Richard Rutowski ... Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí ... Lut

Ana De Sade ... The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho ... The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ... Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ... Bald Woman 2
David Kapralik ... Tourist

Jacqueline Voltaire ... Tourist Wife
Pablo Leder ... Circus Barker
Bobby Cameron ... Fon's Working Girl
Re Debris ... Klen's Lover
Guadalupe Perullero ... Berg's Wife
José Antonio Alcaraz ... Pantheon's Bar Owner (as Jose Antonio Alcaraz)
Héctor Ortega ... Drug Master (as Hector Ortega)
Robert Taicher ... Poet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Cohn ... Klen's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Manuel Dondé ... Wanderer (uncredited)
Ramiro Chávez Gochicoa ... Boy (uncredited)
Basilio González ... Crippled man (uncredited)
Marcela López Rey ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Jane Mitchell ... Stripteaser (uncredited)
Marcela Ponzarelli ... Woman at the church (uncredited)
David Silva ... Fon's father (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Writing credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Produced by
Robert Taicher .... executive producer
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... producer (uncredited)
Allen Klein .... executive producer (uncredited)
Roberto Viskin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Don Cherry 
Ronald Frangipane 
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Cinematography by
Rafael Corkidi 
 
Film Editing by
Federico Landeros 
 
Production Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky 
 
Costume Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Nicky Nichols 
 
Makeup Department
María Eugenia Luna .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Roger Rodewald .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rafael Villaseñor Kuri .... assistant director
 
Art Department
David Antón .... set constructor (as David Anton)
José Durán .... set constructor (as Jose Duran)
Manuel Felguerez .... painter
Manuel Felguerez .... sculptor
Alain Glass .... painter
Alain Glass .... sculptor
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... painter (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... sculptor (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... set conception (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... set designer (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Antonio Neira .... wax sculptor (as Antonio Neyra)
Luis Urias .... painter
Luis Urias .... sculptor
 
Sound Department
C. Robert Fine .... sound mixer
Gonzalo Gavira .... sound effects
Howard Lester .... sound editor
Al Steckler .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Marcelino Pacheco .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Cohn .... camera operator
Miguel Garzón .... camera operator (as Miguel Garzon)
 
Editorial Department
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist (restoration)
 
Music Department
Brooks Auther .... music recording engineer
Al Steckler .... music supervisor
Henry West .... music advisor
 
Other crew
Humberto Gurza .... animal trainer
Miguel Gurza .... animal trainer
Allen Klein .... presenter
Joanne Pottlitzer .... translator
Pat Sole .... voice supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Oscar Ichazo .... spiritual advisor (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Sacred Mountain" - International (English title) (reissue title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (2007 re-rating) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 (2001) | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Peru:18 | South Korea:18 | UK:X (original rating, cut version) | UK:18 (re-rating, uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Before filming began, 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.See more »
Quotes:
The Alchemist:You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)See more »

FAQ

Why didn't they show all of the zodiac signs?
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
John Welsey Harding, 21 August 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

For me, there are a variety of ways to encounter a film — or any piece of art — and consider it worth existing in my life.

Perhaps the most sought is art that is like a lover: honest, direct, deep, challenging, attuned. Then there are all sorts of seductions that play on these harmonies. Jodorowsky isn't interested in being true; he's interested in the seduction, in a sort of truth lingerie that teases and charms.

I knew this of course. I've seen "Fando," which I considered without merit, in large part because it was uncinematic. I wondered what this man would do once he learned the vocabulary. Now I know. The first part of this project has some of the most creative and effective cinematic stretches I have seen — and I've seen a lot. They are weighed down with an adolescent cosmology, but its acceptable because its a proudly Mexican film, and the Mexicans are presented as similarly limited.

So I'll recommend that you watch this, for all the bits from the beginning up until roughly the middle act where his new Tarot is presented. These are more well thought out than it appears. Its a strange, polar mix: the general impression is that this is wholly ad-libbed with a deep anarchist philosophy. Yet some elements — and particularly his redrawing of the more colorful segment of the Tarot — show some similarly deep understanding of what he undercuts. Its a very appealing thing, this bicameral scintillation, and done with cinematic immersion.

Its the third act that drags. This is not a man who understands long form and its demands. Perhaps the Quay brothers are his successors and they suffer from the same problem. Anyway, the effort gets dreary as the social commentary is paraded before us, almost as if he cannot help himself. The lack of restraint is an art in itself, the art of disappointment, but I can get that in daily life, and with as much pride and flourish.

The end isn't novel: the crew is revealed as the "final layer" is peeled off the onion. But it is effective, and underscores the similar, earlier folds.

What's interesting is wondering now how this could be done better if it were done now. Quite apart from the structural flaws, would the ability to use special effects technology and computer reality help? Would Rodriguez, for instance be able to sharpen and deepen this?

And the sexual bits. There is a fair amount of nudity, but it is the "Catholic nation" kind: sterile, even when actual sex is supposed to be shown. For such a committed anarchist, one wonders. Its one thing to be just outside of the bounds of acceptable behavior in a theater setting: simple nudity and confrontation works there. But here, in a cinematic world that dips beyond the theatrical, is it enough to merely pretend you are committed, showing that you are not? Winterbottom? Greenaway?

If you see this on the restored DVD, there's a nice short feature on the Tarot, just the 22 cards. It oddly doesn't show the Jodorowsky version of those cards, which you can see in the film. Those cards are every bit as engaging as the film is, even though to look at them you have to stop and leave the film to see them. They aren't just an interpretation, but a whole new reimagining.

Here's a little known bit of history that I participated in. The Beatles wanted to reinterpret Tarot in an album, and had more success than here. Dylan too, and several other artists in their respective worlds. Jodorowsky was a part of this, a bit later. If you look, you can see that he is not just reinterpreting the Marseilles Tarot, but the Beatle/Dylan/Fowles one as well.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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