History Film / TheHolyMountain

13th Sep '17 11:16:34 AM tailsybaku42
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The film opens with a man dressed in black (The Alchemist) shaving two women in a rather psychedelically decorated room. The very next thing is a naked man (The Thief) lying in a pool of his own urine, covered by bees. This should tell the audience that, oh boy, are they in for something completely different. The plot is about The Thief, who is somewhat of a Jesus figure, and his midget companion who has no limbs. They travel, meeting The Alchemist and seven other meet strange people, who are pursuing a mysterious goal that involves reaching the titular Holy Mountain.

''The Holy Mountain'' is a parade of symbolism, be it meaningful or just there to confuse everyone. Coupled with the dreamlike narrative and Jodorowsky's tendency to cram the scene full of whatever he wishes the result is quite bizarre. The film is also either a spiritual or an outright actual sequel to ''Film/ElTopo'', another trademark Jodorowsky film made three years earlier. ''The Holy Mountain'' was bankrolled by Allen Klein, manager for Music/TheBeatles, as Music/JohnLennon and Music/GeorgeHarrison admired ''El Topo''. The film was shot sequentially, entirely in Mexico.

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The film opens with a man dressed in black (The Alchemist) shaving two women in a rather psychedelically decorated room. The very next thing is a naked man (The Thief) lying in a pool of his own urine, covered by bees. This should tell the audience that, oh boy, are they are in for something completely different. The plot is about The Thief, who is somewhat of a Jesus figure, and his midget companion who has no limbs. They travel, meeting The Alchemist and seven other meet strange people, who are pursuing a mysterious goal that involves reaching the titular Holy Mountain.

''The Holy Mountain'' is a parade of symbolism, be it meaningful or just there to confuse everyone. Coupled with the dreamlike dream-like narrative and Jodorowsky's tendency to cram the scene full of whatever he wishes the wishes. The result is quite bizarre. The film is also either a spiritual or an outright actual sequel to ''Film/ElTopo'', another trademark Jodorowsky film made three years earlier. ''The Holy Mountain'' was bankrolled by Allen Klein, manager for Music/TheBeatles, as Music/JohnLennon and Music/GeorgeHarrison admired ''El Topo''. The film was shot sequentially, entirely in Mexico.
6th Jun '17 3:56:35 AM saltin
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The last person the group encounters in the Pantheon Bar before they decide to leave it is a robust and experienced traveller who has trained himself to peak condition both physically and mentally to the point that he can teleport great distances through sheer force of will and body. However, he can only do such horizontally, so it's a phenomenal skill that's useless for actually getting to the top of Lotus Mountain in a hurry.


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* BrickJoke: In the first act, a foreign tourist is raped by a police officer and doesn't seem terribly bothered by it, even having her husband take pictures of her and her attacker. The following act reveals that her lack of distress was likely due to the fact that [[spoiler:Axon had castrated all the cops under his command, retroactively ousting the rapist as a desperate impotent.]]


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* DeathOfPersonality: What the Alchemists disciples undergo [[spoiler:and then reverse]] over the course of their pilgrimage. In the middle of their trek, they're asked to count the members of their party and are all instinctively unable to include themselves in the tally.


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* GoodIsNotSoft: The Alchemist will lie, throttle, and scold to make his disciples better people and the world a better place. As evidenced by the first third of the movie, it's rather understandable as the civilization he lives in is treacherous and foul.


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* HumanityEnsues: [[spoiler:The actual purpose of the pilgrimage;]] to reconnect with nature and other people.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Why everyone besides the Written Woman and the Thief joins the Alchemist in his quest.


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* MindRape: After all the actual climbing of it is done, Lotus Mountain sees fit to drench the gentle slopes to its summit with tortuous hallucinations.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: When the Thief attempts to use his newfound enlightenment and knowledge gained from the Alchemist to give some street children a hefty amount of bread ala Jesus Christ, the Alchemist chidingly points out that such a sudden influx of wealth would lead to hoarding, territorial disputes, and outright violence among these desperate poor.


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* {{Sexbot}}: Klen created a "Love Machine" to act as the big centerpiece for his latest batch of assembly line artwork. However, it has little to do with actual love (unsurprising, given his character) in functionality and is more reminiscent of a giant fickle robotic vagina that rewards technique more than tenderness, even spawning a whining metallic "baby" if sufficiently pleasured.
5th Jun '17 9:42:56 PM saltin
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Every one of the pilgrims has a good laugh at the Thief trying to steal some of the money they were trying to burn and all of them don't mind at all that the secret cabal of Lotus Island [[spoiler:was a simple ploy by the Alchemist]], finding it to be hilarious.



* AmbiguouslyBi: Isla is introduced waking up from bed flanked on either side by beautiful women, but she has a pit full of half-naked male secretaries, and during the LotusEaterMachine sequence near the end of the film, she imagines herself being rained on by steer semen and very much liking it.



* BloodKnight: Before his journey, Axon was an absurdly violent man. So much so that instead of sex, money, or conventional vices, his visions at Lotus Mountain consist of dogs savagely fighting one another with him goading them on.



* PetTheDog: Even before his major CharacterDevelopment hits, the Thief goes to great lengths to give the last of the giant Jesus Christ molds made from his image somewhere to belong. When he fails to find any in the city, he attaches a large number of balloons to the statue and casts it off into the sky to give it a shot at being part of the heavens.



** A preacher on Lotus Island advocates drug use, stating that LSD was the actual PhilosophersStone.

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** A preacher on Lotus Island advocates drug use, stating that LSD was the actual PhilosophersStone. He is depicted rather negatively as he sees fit to simply languish in his narcotic-induced higher consciousness than create something from it.
3rd Jun '17 3:04:06 AM saltin
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* YourCheatingHeart: Klen of Jupiter has a mistress who he pays $1000 a week to spend time with him.
3rd Jun '17 2:59:43 AM saltin
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* NotSoHarmless: Berg of Uranus is initially presented as an innocuous gold digger leeching off of a raunchy older woman, but he's ultimately revealed to be a financial advisor to the government whose solutions to potential economic ruin all involve mass murder in the millions.
3rd Jun '17 2:45:46 AM saltin
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* {[Tulpa}}: The true nature of [[spoiler:Five of Swords]], manifested by the Thief to make his miserable, vice-filled existence less lonely.

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* {[Tulpa}}: {{Tulpa}}: The true nature of [[spoiler:Five of Swords]], manifested by the Thief to make his miserable, vice-filled existence less lonely.
3rd Jun '17 2:44:01 AM saltin
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* AffablyEvil: Fon and Klen are as shallow and exploitative as the other planetary representatives, but their machinations are considerably more colorful and the least destructive.


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* {{Bifauxnen}}: ButchLesbian Isla cuts a handsome figure with her various business suits.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The Alchemist's Tower and the Pantheon Bar.


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* ChurchMilitant: A clientele that Isla hopes to cater to (or create) with firearms modeled after religious symbols such as crucifixes and Buddha statues.


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* DirtyCop: Axon's career as police chief has evidently made him a very wealthy man, but it's a perfunctory prize compared to his real goal of crafting a CultOfPersonality around himself. Tellingly, when he's called to [[spoiler:burn all of his money, he does so in one go rather in increments like the others. Also, he's the first of the group tasked with burning his effigy.]]


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* {[Tulpa}}: The true nature of [[spoiler:Five of Swords]], manifested by the Thief to make his miserable, vice-filled existence less lonely.
26th Feb '17 10:17:00 PM gewunomox
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''The Holy Mountain'' is a parade of symbolism, be it meaningful or just there to confuse everyone. Coupled with the dreamlike narrative and Jodorowsky's tendency to cram the scene full of whatever he wishes the result is quite bizarre. The film is also either a spiritual or an outright actual sequel to ''Film/ElTopo'', another trademark Jodorowsky film made three years earlier. ''The Holy Mountain'' was bankrolled by Allen Klein, manager for Music/TheBeatles, as Music/JohnLennon and GeorgeHarrison admired ''El Topo''. The film was shot sequentially, entirely in Mexico.

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''The Holy Mountain'' is a parade of symbolism, be it meaningful or just there to confuse everyone. Coupled with the dreamlike narrative and Jodorowsky's tendency to cram the scene full of whatever he wishes the result is quite bizarre. The film is also either a spiritual or an outright actual sequel to ''Film/ElTopo'', another trademark Jodorowsky film made three years earlier. ''The Holy Mountain'' was bankrolled by Allen Klein, manager for Music/TheBeatles, as Music/JohnLennon and GeorgeHarrison Music/GeorgeHarrison admired ''El Topo''. The film was shot sequentially, entirely in Mexico.
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8th Dec '16 10:03:31 PM SteamGoth
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* EnneagramOfPersonality: May or may not be an underlying theme, but the Alchemist wears an enneagram around his neck and the table at the end of the movie features the same symbol.
12th Apr '16 7:04:40 PM jormis29
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** A preacher on Lotus Island advocates drug use, stating that LSD was the actual Philosopher's Stone.

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** A preacher on Lotus Island advocates drug use, stating that LSD was the actual Philosopher's Stone.PhilosophersStone.
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