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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
... The Thief
Zamira Saunders ... The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
... Fon
Adriana Page ... Isla
... Klen
... Sel
... Berg
... Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí ... Lut
... The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho ... The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ... Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ... Bald Woman 2
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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Release Date:

11 July 1975 (Mexico)  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$844, 4 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,001, 6 July 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The chanting audible during the opening ritual scene includes the lineage of Buddhist teachers. Jodorowsky's name appears exactly as the chant says "Shakyamuni," which refers to Siddhartha Guatama, the historical buddha who reached nirvana while meditating beneath a bodhi tree. See more »

Quotes

The Alchemist: [final lines] We began in a fairytale and we came to life, but is this life reality? No. It is a film. Zoom back camera.
[camera zooms out, revealing equipment and crew]
The Alchemist: We are images, dreams, photographs. We must not stay here. Prisoners! We shall break the illusion. This is Maya! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us.
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Dated, pretentious, astonishing
28 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't think this film can be "reviewed" in the normal sense of the word, only experienced as one would a painting or a piece of music. Having only seen it two nights ago, I'm not even sure I've fully processed it. In any case...

To begin, the images, the images. The first 20 minutes contain some of the most astonishing images I've seen, combining Christian iconography, Latin American history, futurism, mysticism, and political commentary. As if Fellini had a sinister twin working with his leftover film and props. As the film progresses I thought the set pieces became a little dated and, frankly, I experienced sensory overload.

I'm sure a lot of viewers would reject this film as pointless or indulgent. Yeah...so? I can't say I understood exactly what Jodoworsky was getting at (if anything), or if it would even make an impact on my view of the world. But if film is to be defined as image over everything else, then Jodoworsky is certainly some sort of master filmmaker. I'd rather watch something like this, filled with ideas (however pretentious), than a plot-driven movie with nothing more on its mind than wrapping up loose ends for the audience.

Now, off to rent Santa Sangre.


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