February 7th, 2013: El Topo (1970)

El Topo

Cast: Alfonso Arau

What It’s About: El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky) claims to be god, dresses as a gunfighter, and wanders the desert fighting other masters and meeting the strange people who inhabit the wasteland.

Why Watch it Today?:  Alejandro Jodorowsky was born on this date in 1929.  Jodorowsky’s films are a strange mix of Spaghetti Western, art movie, mysticism, shock, violence, gore, sex, philosophy, the bizarre and the surreal.  El Topo, which he wrote, directed, scored, designed, costumed and starred in, was his first film to gain prominence, one of the original midnight movies and a trippy foreshadowing of his even stranger (and for my money, better) follow-up The Holy Mountain.

Other Choices:  If you’d prefer something a little bit easier to grasp, but still, way, way out there, I suggest Santa Sangre.

3 comments on “February 7th, 2013: El Topo (1970)

  1. jrphoel says:

    Hey there – (sorry if posting this in here bothers you)
    I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award, the details can be found here: http://jrphoel.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/its-an-honor-just-to-be-nominated/
    please don’t feel obligated, it is just a bit of fun!
    Jim Phoel,
    The Draconic Verses

    • professormortis says:

      Thanks Jim. Depending on how you count followers (are we counting Facebook fans and Twitter followers, or just the folks “following” via WordPress?) I might be out of the 200 follower range, but I suspect if you took out duplications and just looked at active followers I’d easily be under 200. I’ll need to think about whether I want to do the full thing or not, but I certainly appreciate it.

      • jrphoel says:

        You’re welcome! From what I gathered, it’s the count that the blog itself has. Not everyone on my list had a count, but some with facebook likes on it, were also under the 200, so I went by that instead. If/when you do it, let me know! I’d love to see your answers!

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