El Topo

Jodorowsky’s anti-Western, a midnight movie classic shocker from 1970!

R, 95 minutes

Continuing our successful run of three other titles from surrealist cinema master Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s Dune ), we’re opening his legendary anti-Western EL TOPO, which virtually created the midnight movie phenomenon in 1970 and shocked the world. The film set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace. First released as an underground film, it was thanks to John Lennon that the film was acquired by ABKCO, who bought the rights to EL TOPO and then financed Jodorowsky’s next film, The Holy Mountain.

“ … by turns comic and profound, hysterical and pompous, fully complex.” –Time Magazine

“4 out of 4.” –Roger Ebert


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