The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain

Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain criticizes a broad range of subjects, including state-sponsored violence, holy wars and indoctrination, the commercialization of religion, materialism and narcissism, and exploitation of the poor. In contrast to El Topo, the symbolism is less subtle, the message more coherent, and the film more enjoyable because of it. The mise en scène and script, however, are just as weird.

In my review of El Topo, I asked a question: How does one evaluate a surrealist work? What makes it good or bad? To my amusement, Jodorowsky addresses that question in The Holy Mountain: In one scene, canvases move down a conveyor belt as workers imprint them with their paint-covered bottoms. "This is my new line of art," says the employer.

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