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.