The Holy Mountain at MoMA PS1

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Movie Poster for Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain

I seem to keep writing about director and Tarot master, Alejandro Jodorowsky, but that’s because there keeps being things to write about …

The MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY is presenting Jodorowsky’s 1973 cult film The Holy Mountain every day, through June 30th.

It’ll be played continuously with starting times at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., during regular museum hours, in the Third Floor Main Gallery.

Of course, The Holy Mountain is available now on Blu-ray, but this is a chance to see it in a cinematic setting.

Jodorowsky himself plays the Alchemist in his film. He’s also the director, composer, set and costume designer. Clearly, he had a singular artistic/spiritual vision, and was determined to make it manifest.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were principal funders of this occult masterpiece, and the Beatles manager, Allen Klein, produced it.

Tarot imagery abounds throughout the piece, but it’s not for the faint of heart, or those that like to keep Tarot fluffy.

The Fool is a thief and the Holy Mountain is possibly nothing more than a cinematic dream.

If you get a chance – go see it!!

And follow Jodorowsky on Twitter.

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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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