The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★★★

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Evocative in its symbolism, epic in its scale, scathing in its delivery, and beautiful in it's disparity, Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain is a cinematic tour-de-force that will feel like nothing you've ever experienced before, and change your perspective on the art of film forever.

The Holy Mountain is, at its core, absurd. Where films like The Seventh Seal attempt to present an examination of the inherent pointlessness of existence, Jodorowsky uses The Holy Mountain as an almost uplifting rejection of nihilism for its more G-rated counterpart, pure and utter absurdism. Rather than display the great dread of pointlessness by showing the foolishness of caring about anything, this film uses its examination of the world to do the opposite: critique everything.

This film hates religion. It hates the arbitrary routines of hierarchical society, it hates the ladders of man, it spits on those who believe man above all else. It hates the police force, and the defense of corporate greed through politics. This film is anti-war and anti-anti-war, it's pro-drug and anti-drug. In fact, the only two absolutes Jodorowsky can be accused of are being pro-anarchy and anti-censorship.

If only there were words! In a film where shit boils into gold and amputees are tossed overboard, where toads invade the lizard aztecs and flowers blossom from the hands of Christ, where Mongolian throat singing meets giant metal vaginas, the beauty of the cinematography plays second-fiddle to the supernatural feeling that the entire project gives the viewer. I was in this world, yet so far from it; it was as if the trancelike geometry lulled my mind into trusting in this new reality just to shatter it with it's insanity in the next frame. Which, considering the ending, would make perfect sense. And what a fucking ending it is.

There will never be enough to say about The Holy Mountain. after hating El Topo, I was so skeptical I would enjoy anything else Jodorowsky did. I am so glad I was able to see this, because it changed me. And it will change you too, for the better or for the worse.

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