One of the original six Midnight Movies and a film that speaks to stoners and existentialists in equal doses, El Topo is laden with loaded iconography. Preferencing visual style over exposition, through stark composition and religious symbolism, El Topo is an unconventional western using character as a mere device through which to guide the viewers’ hyper surreal journey across existential plains and through metaphysical encounters. Stunning and sophisticated film-making from cult legend Jodorowsky. TJ
El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, riding a horse through a spiritual, mystical landscape strewn with old Western movie, and ancient Eastern religious symbols. Bandits slaughtered a village on his path, so El Topo avenges the massacred, then forcibly takes their leader's woman Mara as his. El Topo's surreal way is bloody, sexual and self-reflective, musing of his own demons, as he tries to vanquish those he encounters.