Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and The Holy Mountain

May 13th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky

If you’re a Tarot reader, you probably know that Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Tarot master.

He’s the author of The Way of Tarot and Psychomagic, helped restore the Tarot of Marseille and regularly speaks about the Tarot and its symbolism.

But he’s better known throughout the world for his films.

The 1970’s classics, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, are two especial fan favourites. Both are surreal classics dripping in occult symbolism.

Until 2007, neither were available in North America or the UK.

Last month, the Blu-ray version of The Films of Alejandro Jodorowski was released. It includes both films and special goodies like:

Holy Mountain original theatrical trailer
Holy Mountain deleted scenes with commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Tarot with commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Holy Mountain restoration process
•Feature commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
•English, French, Spanish, Brazilian, and Portuguese Subtitles

It’s already available as a DVD box set, but this new release gave me an excuse to post the fabulous trailer for El Topo

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A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorwoski

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky

When you’ve got a moment, check out this video of Alejandro Jodorosky, author of The Way of Tarot, and maybe best known for his occult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

It’s part two of Daniel Pinchbeck’s conversation with the celebrated Tarot master and film-maker. In it, Jodorowski discusses archetypes, religion and the unconscious forces behind creation.

Jodorowsky as El Topo in El Topo

Jodorowsky as El Topo

He talks about Buddhism, Tarot, Kabbala and mudras. He also tells us why Tipheret is his favourite Sephira and the Tarot of Marseille his favourite deck.

This video was directed and edited by Bradley Smith. It was filmed on an evening celebrating the release of Jodorowsky’s latest book, Psychomagic.

Well worth taking the time to watch.

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