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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.
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 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…
This would be great at a drive-in.
This film divides people: masterpiece or phoney posturing? Having seen it once, I go with the latter view. But, of course, my failure in response might have little to do with the film, but a lot to do with my failure to understand and appreciate what it is all about. I watched it with po-faced seriousness, depressed by its complete lack of wit, and then afterwards I read how funny it was: obviously there is a complete mismatch in sense of humour...I wish I had seen it in a theatre so any laughter could have indicated what’s funny. It’s jam packed full of Christian symbolism...and, I’m told, with Buddhist, Hindu and twiddly mystical symbolism, but I can’t help wondering, ‘So…
Desde hace poco empecé a seguir la escritura de Jodorowsky, que definitivamente me atrapó, siendo lo que principalmente me llevó a querer conocer su cine, y, realmente puedo decir que ya estando al tanto de algunas de sus filosofías, esperaba que esta película estuviera repleta de alegorías (como efectivamente lo está), pero aun así Jodorowsky me impresionó más de la cuenta con este film.
Una película rebosante de simbolismos por donde se mire. De esas que se le sacan cientos de significados a una sola escena. Pero más que una película, yo la describiría como una apología metafórica y hasta casi onomástica dentro de su propia basteza. Cada línea del guión tiene su razón, y esa peculiar narrativa verdaderamente no…
The word for the way a naked little boy's dick moves when he's gamboling unsteadily around in the desert is the same word that describes this movie:
Too much animal cruelty.
tsdpt 792 2016
actor: Alejandro Jodorowsky as El Topo
character: Mara by Mara Lorenzio
Some genuinely beautiful visuals, though the film did drag on... a lot.
I love Jodorowsky
Movies that are slightly off.
GDT has recently joined twitter, and has started tweeting a series of films he describes as " A daily list…