Forget everything you've heard. Forget the name of the film. Just see it! Jodorowsky is another undisputed cinematic god & El Topo is his crowning work of art. For anyone not familiar with the man's work, here is a fantastic place to start. Trust me, there are not enough wonderful things to say about the film without totally spoiling the entire experience for you. Let's just say that there is nothing like it & probability suggests never will be.
For those who like a straight-forward story with loads of action & gore, the first half of the film will most likely appeal to you. The first half is comparable to the new testament as both are full of excitement & should hold an audience's attention for the most part. Here we have just your basic shoot-em-up style atmosphere which is not heavy-handed nor ultr-philosophical. No, it's not John Wayne but it's still entertaining nonetheless.
The second half of El Topo takes off in a completely different direction & will most likely loose a great deal of it's audience who enjoyed the first half. This is the old testament so to speak. The pacing is a bit slower, the ideas are more allegorical, & the story takes on a spiritual note if one can digest all the symbolism which is thrown at the viewer like french fries. El Topo's saving grace now may it's oddball characters which keep everything afloat like ice cream in a glass of coke.
Easily the strangest spaghetti western ever made, El Topo was a pure pleasure for me to watch & I loved the soundtrack as well. I have read through the years that Jodorowsky was going to make a sequel but somehow I fail to see that ever surfacing. Unfortunately, this will have to do folks.
**** out of **** After seeing but two of the four major works of surrealist cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky - "Santa Sangre" and "The Holy Mountain" - , I came to a sudden realization; there were still two more of the acclaimed director's films that I needed to tackle. One of those films is "El Topo"; a film that I have tried many times before to sit through; each time failing to succeed in doing so. What can I say; this is not an easy film. It doesn't follow a conventional … more
El Topo has to be one of the most strangest films in history. A mysterious gunfighter dressed in black accompanied by his young son cross the desert on a quest to become the greatest gunslinger. He fights them all and along the way learns more about life and everything is not what it seems. A very soul changing metaphysical journey into one's self. It's a pretty twisted film that's highly enjoyable. A film filled with all kinds of beautiful people and unique individuals and … more
El Topo (The Mole) is a 1970 allegorical, cult western movie and underground film, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf performers, and heavy doses of Christian symbolism and Eastern philosophy, the film is about the eponymous character - a violent, black-clad gunfighter - and his quest for enlightenment. For many years the film could only be seen at midnight screenings, in arthouses and via partially censored Japanese laserdiscs and bootlegged videos until its official DVD release on May 1, 2007.