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The Holy Mountain (1973)

La montaña sagrada (original title)
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Director:

Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Writer:

Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ... The Thief
Zamira Saunders Zamira Saunders ... The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ... Fon
Adriana Page Adriana Page ... Isla
Burt Kleiner ... Klen
Valerie Jodorowsky ... Sel
Nicky Nichols ... Berg
Richard Rutowski ... Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí Luis Lomelí ... Lut
Ana De Sade ... The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho Chucho-Chucho ... The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ... Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ... Bald Woman 2
David Kapralik David Kapralik ... Tourist
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Storyline

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

11 July 1975 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Holy Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,143, 21 January 2007

Gross USA:

$61,001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,160
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Axon" is the name of the structures that transmit impulses between nerve cells. See more »

Quotes

The Alchemist: You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.
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References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

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Pretentious, Boring, but not a total waste
31 October 2001 | by thirdiSee all my reviews

I refuse to be condemned by the art-house snobs for not liking this movie. People read way too much into a lot of different art, and it doesn't make them some special visionary. Sometimes artsy fartsy crap is just that. This movie is not "above" you intellectually or artistically.

The Holy Mountain is essentially a collage of wacky, strange, self-important images and scenes that really don't mean anything. Don't you ever wonder? There's a reason these rare, cult movies have only been seen by a small percentage of the population. It's not because we're better than the "unwashed, uncultured masses". It's because if the movie was actually really good it would be more widely seen. It's because some of us heard about these obscure, cult movies and actually took the time and energy to seek them out. And sometimes we just weren't that impressed. (Okay, and maybe it's because some jerk has held the release rights hostage for entirely too long).

Now having said all of that, I still don't think it is a waste of time to watch. How can I say that? Well, the bottom line is, people forget the notion that at the end of the day, not everything has to mean something. Shouldn't we be allowed to take in interesting or different images, films, etc...without decoding their grand vision? Yes, we should. So there are some pretty weird scenes and visions to behold in this movie. And for nothing more than the novelty of it it isn't a total waste of film. I also liked some of the music. But please spare me the "so far ahead of it's time, magnificent work of artistic expression" crap. You're taking it way too seriously. The Holy Mountain is not a landmark, it's a novelty of bizarre underground cinema. Nothing more.


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