The Holy Mountain

Alessandra Santos

Wallflower Press

The Holy Mountain

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Pub Date: August 2017

ISBN: 9780231182317

128 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: August 2017

ISBN: 9780231851084

128 Pages

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The Holy Mountain

Alessandra Santos

Wallflower Press

Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo helped inaugurate the midnight movie phenomenon. Its success spawned The Holy Mountain, through interventions by John Lennon and Allen Klein. After a scandalous release and a 16-month midnight career, The Holy Mountain was relegated to the underground world of fan bootlegs for over thirty years until its limited restored release in 2007. This short study reveals how The Holy Mountain, a poetic, hilarious, and anarchist cult film by an international auteur, anchored in post-1968 critiques, is – at the same time – an archaeological capsule of the counterculture movement, a timely subversion of mystical tenets, and one of the most mysterious films in the history of world cinema.
Acknowledgements
Introduction: ‘But is this life reality? No. It’s a film.’ The Holy Mountain and Me
1. Enlightenment for Sale: Production, Promotion, Initial Reception
2. The Secret of Immortality: Afterlife
3. Sacred Excrement: Reading The Holy Mountain
4. ‘Real life awaits us!’: Placing The Holy Mountain
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Alessandra Santos is assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.