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The Definitive Cult Spaghetti Western
El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, riding a horse through a spiritual, mystical landscape strewn with old Western movie, and ancient Eastern religious symbols. Bandits slaughtered a village on his path, so El Topo avenges the massacred, then forcibly takes their leader's woman Mara as his. El Topo's surreal way is bloody, sexual and self-reflective, musing of his own demons, as he tries to vanquish those he encounters.
Erm...I'm going to put down in this review what I thought of this film as I was watching it, and see what I come out with:
In Western times, being 7 years old was considered to be the age at which you become a man?
Massacre, massacre, massacre, massacre.
He actually made his 7 year old son conduct a mercy killing. He's the world's worst dad.
Yep, shooting shoes.
Yep, slicing bananas.
Yep, making a naked woman out of seeds, then eating it.
Balloons were invented in Western times?
Bang bang, splat splat.
OK, how can he still walk after being shot with a high-powered rifle in both knees?
The New York Times contacted me today for background about my review of El Topo that was published in the L.A. Free Press on April 23, 1971. They provided me with a scan of the article, and I'm reposting it here. Maybe 43 years later its verbiage is a little embarrassing; but I stand by what I wrote back then. How often do we get an opportunity to view what we thought about films through the prism of the far past experience? Let this be a lesson for all you younger reviewers on letterboxd...chances are in the far future you might be confronted with your writings, since nothing on the internet is truly ephemeral...just the way that nothing in print…
It's a landmine field filled with Symbolism with hair triggers ready to go off any moment with one wrong step! Many have tried to defuse these devilish lil devices to no avail! You see they were never built to solve and deactivate! Their sole purpose is to confound, act profound and on occasion blow up in your face should you get too cocky and claim you've made it through the mine field without a scratch!
I guarantee you have never seen a spaghetti western quite like this one! It's the crack baby spawned by David Lynch and Sergio Leone!
Saying it is Bizarre would be an understatement!
Alejandro Jodorowsky is one sick puppy! My highest compliment and terms of endearment for a great director!
The other day in my review of The Assassination of Jesse James, I said I didn't really like many westerns. Shortly after I found another western I really enjoyed. That said El Topo is anything BUT the conventional western film considering it is an Alejandro Jodorowsky film.
El Topo, as expected from any Jodorowsky film, has beautiful cinematography and is weird as fuck. The entire film is so captivating for both of those reasons, especially because there is nothing else like it. I highly recommend El Topo to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Also why are there always naked children in Jodorowsky's films? That's two for two now...
This movie is completely cooked to the bone fucking ridiculous. I have no idea where to rank it but I absolutely loved it. You can say a lot of things bout El Topo but you cant say that you weren't entertained.
This movie was made to be reviewed by you. Please watch it if you can find time in your busy schedule. You'll have a field day.
One could dismiss it as pure manipulative indulgence, seeing as though any idea of restraint has been thrown out the window, but the obscenity was never only on the surface. It seemed to run deeper than that and there was enough ambiguity evident that I can for myself at least conclude…
"I am God!"
Wow! A art house western film filled with all kinds of symbolism and utter weirdness. I love it.
This film is 2 hours of vivid and strange imagery. A lot of people will see it as pointless artsy fartsy bullshit, but I personally feel that there is something here, and it is legitimate art. It's essentially made up of 3 acts (although I think it's officially supposed to be 2 parts). The first act is what seems to be a revenge plot, where a gunslinger named El Topo and his young son go after a group of men who massacred a village. The second act follows El Topo seeking out the 4 gun masters of the desert,…
Do you like Rabbits? Well your gonna love this.
Un film à saveur de sang et d'urine de bambin.
It's probably 60% inspiration 40% bullshit, but that's a big part of Jodorowsky's charm. Chock full of arresting visuals, mysticism an snake oil.
Ta tu déjà fait de l'acide sapoud? Jodorowsky, oui entk.
Les images sont très belle et le film est plein de symbolisme, mais si tu te sent pas capable de voir des enfants nues, des enfants qui se font headshot, des cadavres d'animaux et pas mal d'autre trucs bizarres, ce film là est pas pour toi.
Aussi, je trouve vraiment pas que c'est le meilleur film de Jodorowsky. Si vous voulez vraiment voir un film de fou dans tête, regardez The Holy Mountain.
Western en ácidos.
Ese Jodorowsky es un loco. Ya sabemos de dónde se han inspirado Lynch y Tarantino para sus películas. Extravaganza visual y mental en un mundo alterno del oeste setentero.
It's hard to know where to begin when describing something as bizarre as El Topo, a film that includes castrated colonels, priests ridden like horses, lions, whip fights, rabbit farms, and cultists in drag. Largely an excellent display of violent imagination, Jodorowsky's work is so visually striking and rife with poignant moments that it can be forgiven its meandering narrative that occasionally feels tedious.
It took me like two times to finally like it. The first time I saw it, I thought it was lame. I decided to look up the meaning to it. After that, I gave it one more chance and saw it again. I then loved it. Thought it was one of the most original films every made. With such amazing performances, great soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, nice locations, and well-done western combat scenes. This is not your typical western film. I'm not a fan of westerns, expect for El Topo.
An unrateable film if there ever was one.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…