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El Topo


Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Aráu View All


Alejandro Jodorowsky (Director) View All

Release: Dec. 18th, 1970
Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes
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.
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There's a fairly flat juxtaposition of religious subjects, with El Topo's journey being framed as one towards Zen enlightenment in a way that feeds into the film's vicious satire of Christianity (which is best exemplified by what is quite possibly the most messed-up game of Russian roulette in cinem....
It gradually becomes more and more focused on religion, philosophy and mysticism and finally after El Topo is dragged away by the incestuous misfits it turns into something resembling Pasolini's films.