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Midnights: EL TOPO
November 3, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
One event on November 4, 2017 at 11:59pm
“It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.” – Time Out
“Ragtag circus wandering through a fantasy realm part Treasure of the Sierra Madre, part Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” – The Village Voice
“The film is by turns comic and profound, hysterical and pompous, fully complex enough to deserve more than a simple yea or nay.” – TIME
A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, El Topo is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away. First released as an underground film, it was thanks to John Lennon that the film was acquired by Allen Klein of ABKCO, who bought the rights to El Topo and then financed Alejandro Jodorowsky’s next film The Holy Mountain.
Alejandro Jodorowsky. 1970. 125 min.
Midnight Special! $5 beer + shot combos available during the screening.