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The Holy Mountain (1973)

The Holy Mountain



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The most powerful individuals in the solar system are out to become gods and rule the universe.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Alejandro Jodorowsky
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On DVD: May 1, 2007

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Critic Reviews for The Holy Mountain

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

Not even Buñuel with a brainful of Woodstock's bad brown acid could have made something this gloriously screwy.

Full Review… | April 21, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and exploitation.

April 18, 2007
New York Times
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This is an extraordinary visual concoction, loaded with stunning primary colors, anti-religious caricatures drawn from Diego Rivera and a succession of dreamlike, grotesque vistas worthy of Dalí at his most deranged.

Full Review… | April 11, 2007
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Jodorowsky loves to confront the viewer with endless brutality and grotesque decadence and degradation, but here he expresses it with a rich, densely visual imagination.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Neither for the faint of heart or the linear of thinker, The Holy Mountain qualifies both as a fascinating period relic and an enduringly transfixing jaw-dropper.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Toronto Star
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Halfway through we're introduced to nine industrialists and politicians -- they narrate their heinous biographies in Godardian voiceover -- who embark up the title mountain to become immortal. Dude.

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Holy Mountain


"Your sacrifice completes my Sanctuary of a Thousand Testicles." lol!

The only thing further out is a cartoon by A.A.P. Like a cinematic equivalent to the Beatles' Tommorow Never Knows - takes a few holy texts and rocks them out, hard.

"Zoom back, camera!"

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Like El Topo, Holy Mountain is slow but often poignant. The beginning and ending are both equally stunning, arguably moreso than its predecessor.

However, A little editing in between would've gone a long way this time around. There are so many gems, verbal and visual alike, but I couldn't watch it in one setting. So many great one-liners and scenes are all-but-lost in a smattering of pointless dialogue and scenes, namely between the middle and ending. The explanation of the universal journeyman was especially harrowing.

Half the time it was funny and interesting and half the time it was simply poorly written and truly unnecessary, and strangely, formulaic. How odd for Jodorowsky! The music was further boring and formulaic, and it takes a lot for me to enjoy a movie with a poor soundtrack.

How sad that his Dune production never came to be, that David Lynch and not he, who cared so much more deeply about the project, eventually made the movie. Jodorowsky influenced so many great artistic talents in the process. It's truly horrible that he never got to see his own great masterpiece come to life.


Super Reviewer

This psychedelic, LSD-induced masterpiece is not only visually ambitious, with an impeccable cinematography and editing, but also incredibly imaginative as it makes use of archetypes and symbolism in a brilliant social commentary, and it is wonderful how the fantastic score helps create the perfect atmosphere in every scene.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The Holy Mountain Quotes

Master: You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.
– Submitted by Rocío J (10 months ago)

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