The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★

Letterboxd Season Challenge Week 21: Third Cinema Week

Undeniably one of the most insane movies I've ever seen, and also one of the most visually striking.

You can track my interest in this film on a bell curve, where I started off very uninterested, and my interest grew steadily towards the middle, at which point there is a Wes Anderson-esque collection of introductions which I really enjoyed, to be honest, with my enjoyment peaking probably at the point in which a menorah is fashioned into a gun, and then after that my interest began to decrease pretty steadily. Overall, I enjoyed the absolute insanity of the first half far more than the more conventionally structured second half, and I don't think it's a coincidence that the second half has fewer scenes of absolute batshit chaos.

Like I said, however, this really is a striking movie, visually (again, primarily in the first half, though the second half also has some truly astonishing imagery too). The scene when the Christ-like figure bursts into the alchemist's rainbow-coloured chamber was pretty beautiful. Phallic-shaped hats off to Jodorowsky's (I assume) drug-addled mind, the imagination of which was clearly boundless.

And, I'll be honest, I could've gone on without knowing that a cow's penis really is that spiky, but I guess that's life.