The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain

DVD - 2007
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A mysterious figure and his seven followers attempt to ascend the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.
Publisher: New York, NY : ABKCO Films, [2007]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE HOL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Additional Contributors: Jodorowsky, Alejandro

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Nursebob
Apr 17, 2018

In the hands of Chilean bad boy Alejandro Jodorowsky a seemingly artsy-fartsy spiritual allegory gets buried under shovelfuls of grotesque pageantry and scandalous non-sequiturs placing it firmly in the realm of midnight cult films. From an Alchemist’s rainbow palace-cum-laboratory situated within a brick-like monolith to the streets below teeming with freaks and hedonists, nothing in Jodorowsky’s anti-masterpiece is either subtle or self-explanatory. Two things quickly become apparent though: an antipathy towards the Catholic church and an outright disgust with Latin America’s past and present as the conquest of Mexico is played out using a cast of reptiles in full costume and masked soldiers randomly select peasants for public execution much to the delight of polaroid-snapping tourists. Elaborate 70s-style staging and an impressive budget cover up what is essentially a string of political rants and bargain basement theology, but at least it’s more intellectually accessible than 1970’s head-scratcher "El Topo". Of course in the case of Jodorowsky that’s like saying one tab of bad LSD screws you up slightly less than two tabs. And a gentle warning—I don’t think he bothered to consult the Humane Society for this one. Keep the curtains closed.

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weeksworld
Apr 23, 2017

I had "Eraserhead" on the top of my list of weirdest films but this makes that look like "The Andy Griffith Show". This movie tries to offend all the major religions and does it in a very artistic and visually stunning way. This is not a film to take a bucket of popcorn to and sit back. You have to think about the message and then contemplate on the context. I'd stay away from this if you are very sensitive to your religious convictions. It's a lot like going to a Maplethorpe showing; a lot is there simply to shock. Jadorowsky is one director (like the aforementioned Lynch) who CANNOT make a standard, main-stream movie. His other stuff is also weird but has more of a plot so it doesn't reach this level of weirdness.

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patch666
Feb 24, 2016

CRAZY !!!! I love it

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Jsmackenator
Jun 03, 2015

Yeah, when I first saw this it pretty much blew my mind. It's like your on acid just by watching this. Whatever happened to art in film? Wouldn't watch this casually. It demands a lot out the viewer. In fact if you can go see this in a theater I would do that.

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replicant30
Mar 07, 2014

I echo noise-exorcist's view. This film is a thinker. I'd also add that there is a very apt noun in the English language that describes this work. Phan·tas·ma·go·ria : a confusing or strange scene that is like a dream because it is always changing in an odd way. Truly a life-changing experience for those willing to watch with an open mind.

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MeReneG
Mar 08, 2013

This is undoubtedly the most unusual film I've seen. It's certainly experimental and fantastical. If you decide to watch it, set it up to include the director's commentaries, which will help you grasp what he was trying to portray.

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