A landmark film in the history of cult cinema, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s dream-like Western is one of the most potently memorable films. Following a gunslinger known as El Topo (‘The Mole’) across a vast, mysterious desert, its hero’s quest to protect his young son in this dangerous wilderness is littered with terrifying enemies, unforgiving landscapes and portals to other worlds.
Filled with stunning, head spinning imagery and a cavalcade of memorable characters, from gun toting Zen masters (each representing a different religion or belief system) to maniacal cultists and a community of physically handicapped societal outcasts, El Topo is a quest for enlightenment disguised as a journey to the frontier of mankind and madness.
Containing all of the elements that have made Jodorowsky one of the most singular artists of the twentieth century (black magic, tarot, both eastern and western religiosity), El Topo was revered by John Lennon and Yoko One, who subsequently had a major hand in the film’s UK release, whereupon the film became a landmark in mystical and psychedelic filmmaking.
One of the wildest and most memorable visions ever committed to the big screen, we are delighted to present this truly unique classic in a new, beautifully restored 4K presentation.
Please note that the Tyneside Cinema will also be screening new 4K restorations of Alejandro Jodrowsky’s films The Holy Mountain and Fando y Lis in the coming weeks. Dates will be announced in due course.