A the beginning of this year I saw Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain for the first time, which is quite odd given that I was raised by artists who exposed me to all manner of strange films and books at a relatively young age. Something about The Holy Mountain resonated deeply with me, and I now think about it constantly, as it has become an important point of reference for my understanding of art, humanity, and life in general. Funded in part by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the film is beautiful and horrific, in the way that only pre-CGI films can be, and the images and visual sequences that take place seem to have inspired many contemporary artists through the psychedelic interpretations of states of consciousness and mythological archetypes.
Please note: if you are sensitive to depictions of violence or nudity, you may not want to see this film.
What say you, reader? Have you seen The Holy Mountain? I’d love to hear what you think of it or Jodorowsky’s films in general. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.