• Film ID:
  • 8520
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=120 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Spain.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Spanish.
EL TOPO (1971)
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The highly eccentric and totally brilliant Alexandro Jodorowsky doesn't make films like anybody else. Directed, written by and starring the man himself "El Topo" is a violent, surreal, quasi-religious Western, if that makes sense (which like the film it doesn't). AJ plays the nomadic lone gunslinger of the title, mostly shooting people for the first half, before being reincarnated as the comedian-cum-holyman protector of a community of deformed outcasts. No doubt some would attempt to read all sorts of arty waffle into this, but it's almost certainly just Jodorowsky having a laugh and letting his barking mad imagination run riot as usual. Fantastic!
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