The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★★★

"Do you want gold?"


In which a man convinces eight capitalists to become communists in order to climb a mountain.

Jodorowsky's brilliant, satirical commentary on society's self-absorbed evils would feel groundbreaking if it were made today. The Holy Mountain felt just as relevant to me watching it for the first time in 2018 as I'm sure it felt to people watching it in the 1970s.

This is some of the most stunning, beautiful and memorable imagery I've ever seen put to film. Every shot is mesmerizing and unforgettable. Combined with the chaotic, frantic mantra of a soundtrack, this is just one of the most aesthetically fascinating films I'll probably ever see. It has possibly the best opening scene of all time, and one of the best endings ever, as well.

Often when I watch classic movies that are decades old, I fail to connect with them. I see the value and craft of the movie, but I don't feel a personal bond with them. Not so with The Holy Mountain. I was engaged from that sublime opening shot to the final brilliant sequence. This will feel new every subsequent time I watch it. A true masterpiece.

"Peace on earth. We shall break the illusion. This is my job. Goodbye to the holy mountain — real life awaits us."

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