The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★★½

Original Title: La montaña sagrada
Year of Release: 1973
Genres: Surreal; Drama
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Main Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara, Adriana Page, Burt Kleiner, Valerie Jodorowsky, Nicky Nichols, Richard Rutowski, Luis Lomelí

#21 of 33 of The Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19

Week 21: February 10th-16th
Third Cinema Week

Alejandro Jodorowsky's surrealist masterpiece The Holy Mountain is one of the purest forms of cinema. Chock full with imagery that is as indelible as it is unique, the film manages to be both quite a straightforward watch and one of the deepest films ever made. One could spend years trying to find meaning around every scene, character, and props. I prefer to just let the film's insanity hit me in the heart rather than the mind, going along for the ride that is presented to me.

It's a fascinating satire and appreciation of religion and spirituality, a mystical experience that we seldom get on screens nowadays. It also condemns many things, from big corporations to the government and police forces, with really hilarious scenes that are powerful and quite random as well. What it lacks in a straightforward narrative it makes up with terrific ingenuity in the sets and sequences that are presented to us.

Brilliant and insane, hard to describe, The Holy Mountain truly is one of a kind. A mystical journey rather than a film, you have to give in to Jodorowsky's intentions to fully enjoy this. I love that films like this exist, pushing and even transcending the medium in multiple ways.

Story: 7.5
Directing: 9
Cinematography: 9
Acting: 8
Sound: 8
Visual Effects: 7.5


Violence & Gore: 8.5
Sex & Nudity: 8
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 6

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