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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.
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…
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?
Things Jodorowsky loves:
- Disabled people
- Hurting animals
Things Jodorowsky hates:
- The Illuminati
This review is going to be VERY off the cuff, but note that it is 3 AM, I've gotten less then 12 hours of sleep in the last 4 days, and that I had just seen El Topo
This was a real slog to get through, but it's so full of thematic richness and visual beauty that it can't help but feel like a veritable experience.
God in a Godless world and the inevitable betrayal to faith, attempting to balance spiritual enlightenment with unselfish canonization, emasculation at the hands of oneself. Jodorowsky's indulgence in the first half, when placed in contrast with his self-deprecation in the second is such a brilliant decision that completely contextualizes his and his child's own…
Second time watching Jodorowsky's endearing cult acid western and my feelings are the same--- singular, eye-melting imagery in the service of specious spiritual journey claptrap. Jodorowsky is definitely a poet but I remain a heathen.
This film starts off like any epic western, but eventually matures in different ways. Certain massively entertaining elements are discarded somewhere in the film, but El Topo wishes to express meaning through the magnificence, and dies in the most appropriate way.
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"El Topo" is, I believe, Spanish for "The Topo". Enough said, Jodorowsky, you freaky bastard.
I started losing interest after the storyline switch but the russian roulette scene snapped me right back into it, good lord.
Good but not necessarily fun to watch
Also this movie is fucking elusive I litterally had to rent it from the video store
La midnight movie que creo las midnight movies.
A well deserved skewering of America and its beloved Western.
That said, I'm not sure I believe that this guy's Dune would have been any better than Lynch's.
The film is decent with some nice ideas, but they could have cut the last half hour. Purely random shit happening gets boring after a while
I don't get it, I don't care.
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