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  • Actors: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas
  • Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Raro Video
  • Run Time: 111.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ABXSRU6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,350 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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a citta' del messico un ladro, il cui aspetto ricorda ges cristo, dopo una serie di peripezie giunge in cime ad una torre dove si trova il laboratorio un misterioso alchimista. questi, dopo aver dimostrato di essere in grado di compiere numerosi prodigi, chiede al ladro poi se desidera essere trasformato in un essere immortale. l'uomo accetta e l'alchimista gli presenta coloro che gli saranno compagni nel lungo e faticoso viaggio iniziatico; si tratta di altri sette ladri, tra i pi potenti della terra. l'obiettivo da raggiungere sara' la montagna sacra: qui infatti risiedono i nove saggi, detentori del segretto dell'immortalita', di cui loro dovranno prendere il posto.

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The Holy Mountain was director Alejandro Jodorowsky's follow up to the cult western El Topo; a violent and deeply mystical dream play about a mythical gunfighter cleansing himself of the violence of his past, only to find that the world itself had already been corrupted by the bloodshed of the present.

The mystical themes are fleshed out even further with The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky's second of only three films produced in the 1970's, which, much like the preceding El Topo and the director's very first film, Fando é Lis, unfolds through a series of surrealist vignettes rife with religion symbolism, sardonic satire and distancing cinematic shock tactics. To some, it remains a monumental achievement of philosophy, mysticism and surrealist satire; a film capable of changing the viewer's entire perspective on life itself through the wisdom of its central character and the potency of its imagery. To others however, the film has already become a dated relic, with some viewers arguing that extravagant pop-art production design, casual nudity and notions of questing for inner peace and tranquillity have become throwbacks to the late 1960's flower-power aesthetic; which is always easy to discredit through blind cynicism.

How will you react to it? I couldn't possibly say, though I would say it's best to approach the film with an open mind and with some familiarity with Jodorowsky's previous, and indeed, subsequent cinematic works, like El Topo, and in particular Santa Sangre, both of which offer an easier gateway into the filmmaker's heavily symbolic world than this epic rumination on life and the cosmos.
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This film has a legendary reputation and deservedly so but that does not necessarily mean it is a deathless classic like the other reviewers on this page seem to indicate ("the most important film ever made"? C'mon you cannot be serious). Firstly the restoration of the film is miraculous, the best I have ever seen considering it has been locked in a vault gathering dust for 30-odd years. The soundtrack is simply fantastic, moving all the way from vocal drones to searing rock guitar to cheesy muzak, and complements the images brilliantly. The film also contains some of the most searing, bizarre, memorable images every committed to celluloid, far too many to mention here. So what is the problem? Well after a roaring start for the first 45 minutes where the startling images and ideas pile on top of each other providing incontrovertible proof that Jodorowsky is some kind of genius the wheels sadly come off and the film loses it way, meandering for its final two thirds to an unsatisfactory conclusion (nicked off Bergman's "Persona" by the way). The bottom line is no matter how incredible the images on the screen are (and they ARE incredible) for a film really to succeed it needs a plot and a decent script (with characters you can become involved in), otherwise familiarity and boredom sets in after the initial "shock of the new" and indeed that is what happens here. This is a shame but that's not to demean Jodorowsky's achievement (it was only his third film after all, Bergman and Kurosawa made literally dozens before finally "hitting form") and as has often been said before regarding this film, it is a one-off and nothing of its ilk will likely ever be made again especially in today's anodyne film-making environment. Therefore definitely rent it / buy it and watch it but just don't expect the deathless masterpiece some say it is.
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Firstly, yes - this film has been slightly over-hyped. 'The Holy Mountain' has acquired a mythic status largely due to the fact that producer Allen Klein withdrew all its prints after an argument with director Jodorowsky. Until recently the film has been talked about by many, but seen by few - so it's not surprising that in some people's minds it's come to represent a totem of forbidden genius.

All of this is slightly ironic, of course, given that the film itself presents a symbolic quest for enlightenment which turns out to be a red herring dressed up in a lysergic-tinged variety of emperor's new clothes. Jodorowsky's film is at once highly original, visually and aurally stunning (the soundtrack is in many ways the best thing about it) and wince-inducingly pretentious.

As a work of surrealism, it suffers in comparison to the films of Luis Bunuel. Like Bunuel, Jodorowsky aims to satirize the empty values of the contemporary capitalist world, but where Bunuel has a witty lightness of touch, Jodorowsky generally goes for the grandstanding statement. Ironically for such an imaginative work, 'The Holy Mountain', leaves little to the imagination. Where Bunuel leaves you wondering what precisely is in a mysterious buzzing box ('Belle de Jour') or why the party guests can't leave the room ('The Exterminating Angel'), Jodorowsky stamps his message out with some of the most gobsmackingly lurid imagery you're ever likely to see in modern cinema.

You have to give the man credit for having such an extraordinary visual imagination - though after an hour most viewers will find that some of the film's ability to stun wears off, you become used to the grammar of body horror and day-glo decadence.
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