Tuesday, August 24, 2010

El Topo... the most wonderful experience of your life!

Here's one last push for this evening's screening of El Topo at the Hub. 3 bones, 7:30pm, full moon, outta sight!

If you need more fuel for the El Topo fire check out what my man, fellow Fargo native Peter Schjeldahl has to say about it...

“El Topo is simply a monumental work of filmic art. One is astonished each time by patterns and shades of meaning never noticed before. It demands to be seen more than once!” – Peter Schjeldahl, The New York Times

El Topo is not a western, it is beyond western!!!!!!!

The voice over from the original trailer: “Be prepared to live the most wonderful experience of your life. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film classic, El Topo. El Topo is not a western. It goes far beyond any western. El Topo is not a religious film. It contains all religions. It is a mystic film. El Topo is bloody. It is tender. El Topo is miraculous. And terrible. It’s funny. It’s violent. El Topo is monstrous. And cruel. El Topo is more than spectacle. It is an experience for all of your life.” Plot description: The gunfighter El Topo (“The Mole”) and his young son ride through a desert to a village, whose inhabitants have been massacred. Bandits are nearby, torturing and killing the survivors. El Topo rescues a woman (Mara), who leads him on a mission to find and defeat the four master gunmen of the desert. Leaving his son with a group of monks, El Topo and Mara complete the mission, accompanied by a mysterious woman in black. The women leave El Topo wounded in the desert, where he is found by a clan of deformed people who take him to the remote cavern where they live. Awakening years later, he goes with a dwarf woman to a nearby town, promising to dig a tunnel through which the cave-dwellers can escape. They find the town run by a vicious sheriff and home to a bizarre religious cult. El Topo's son, now a man, is a monk in the town. The completion of the tunnel leads El Topo, the townspeople, and the cave-dwellers to a bloody and tragic end.

--1970 125 minutes, in color


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