The Holy Mountain - La Montagna Sacra
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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 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The film that is like a performance. Every image is stunning and inspires thousands of ideas at once. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of those 1970s avant garde films that film students often rave about. I was a bit sceptical for that reason - I've sat through my fair share of that type of film and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. S. A. Brown
This is the kind of film that will generate much adoration from a few people, but it's a real love it or hate it affair. Read morePublished on 30 May 2014 by delta
What can i say that hasn't been said about this pioneer of psychedelic surrealism other than its simply unlike anything else and truly a masterpiece of brilliant visual... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by Lee B, hove
The most amazing film I think I've ever seen! Jodorowsky is as enlightened philosophically as he is in terms of design and production. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2014 by sylvie wylie
A Very good DVD indeed and I am happy with this product, I enjoyed watching it but not for the faint heartedPublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by RAB
IF YOU LOVED "SANTA SANGRE" YOU'LL LOVE HOLY MOUNTAIN.......... THIS MAN'S WORK REALLY HAS RADICALLY CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER!!!Published on 7 Sept. 2013 by PhillipSE5