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The Holy Mountain (1973)

La montaña sagrada (original title)
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a messianic 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 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 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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The movements from the opening scene ritual are actual movements of a Japanese tea ceremony. Jodorowsky states that the girls themselves were not actual actresses, merely two people who "wanted to have a spiritual experience. They were searching for their own truth, the naked truth." See more »

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Drug Master: The Cross was a mushroom - and the mushroom was also the Tree of Good and Evil.
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Dated, pretentious, astonishing
28 June 2004 | by jhb4731See 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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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

11 July 1975 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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