The Holy Mountain

Synopsis: A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.
Production: ABKCO Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Watch the birdie!

Come on, have something to drink

with us. Come on, drink with us.

Drink it, drink it...

Do you want gold?


You are excrement.

You can change yourself into gold.

You broke the looking glass.

Now break the stone.

Each stone has a soul,

formed by the work of millions of years.

The tarot will teach you

how to create a soul.

To know.

To dare.

To want.

To be silent.

The same force the vulture

uses to seize the ox

is needed by the ox

to receive the vulture.

The fish thinks about his hunger,

not about the fisherman.

It is the master

who seeks the disciple.

You want to know the secret,

but man can achieve nothing

by himself.

To accomplish the alchemical work,

you will have these companions.

They are thieves like you,

but on another level.

They are the most powerful people

on the planet.

Industrialists and politicians.

My name is Fon, my planet is Venus.

My business is devoted to the comfort

and beauty of the human body -

beds, mattresses, fabrics,

clothing, cosmetics.

My father is the creator of this empire.

He is deaf, dumb and blind.

Before making a decision,

he consults with my mother's mummy.

He puts his hand into her sex.

If it's moist, it's yes.

If it's dry, it's no.

These are my wives.

I make love to them

only during working hours.

They begin as workers,

then I promote them to secretaries.

We know that people want to be loved,

not for who they are

but for what they appear to be.

So we have created a line of masks,

that have the texture,

warmth, and smell,

of living human beings.

A customer can have any face

she wants.

Every face is unique

and lasts a lifetime.

She can wear her artificial face

to the grave.

Our make-up department for corpses

eliminates the appearance of death.

Not only do we beautify cadavers,

we also equip them

with electronic devices.

They can kiss their family goodbye...

...participate in their own last rites...

...or give a live show.

My name is Isla, my planet is Mars.

Every morning I wake up

my male secretaries.

I manufacture and sell weapons.

We produce bombers,

hydrogen bombs,

ray guns, deadly bacteria,

anti-matter waves,

carcinogenic gases, etcetera.

We are experimenting with a drug

to create delusions of grandeur.

Another drug turns harmless people

into wild beasts.

The young generation needs arms

for its marches and sit-ins.

We have psychedelic shotguns...

...grenade necklaces...

...rock and roll weapons...

...mystical weapons for Buddhists...


...and Christians.

My name is Klen,

my planet is Jupiter.

My house.

My wife.

My chauffeur.

- My lover.

- Hi!

A thousand a week.

My art factory.

We produce a new line of art

every season.

We created a love machine.

To make it live the spectator

has to work with it, guide it,

receive it,

give himself in the act of love.

With this electronic rod

he will rub its mechanical vagina.

The spectator's skill will determine

the machine's ability to reach a climax.

My chauffeur is a bad lover.

He didn't know how to satisfy it.

But this woman,

I know her techniques very well,

will produce the electronic orgasm.


My name is Sel, my planet is Saturn.

My customers are children.

We manufacture war toys.

Workers needed in the miniature

plastic bomb shop.

We have an electronic computer

programmed with the politics

of the government.

The government is our client.

We feed the computer data

on coming wars and revolutions.

It tells us what kind of toys to produce

to condition children from birth.

If the government calculates it will be

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Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker. Since 1948, Jodorowsky has worked as a novelist, a storyteller, a poet, a playwright, an essayist, a film director and producer, an actor in cinematic and theatre productions, a theatre director, a screenwriter, a film editor, a comics writer, a musician and composer, a philosopher, a puppeteer, a mime, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, a draughtsman, a painter, a sculptor and a spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation".Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe, the Teatro Mimico, in 1947. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky studied mime under Étienne Decroux before turning to cinema, directing the short film Les têtes interverties in 1957. From 1960 he divided his time between Paris and Mexico City, in the former becoming a founding member of the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement of performance artists. In 1966 he created his first comic strip, Anibal 5, while in 1967 he directed his first feature film, the surrealist Fando y Lis, which caused a huge scandal in Mexico, eventually being banned. His next film, the acid western El Topo (1970), became a hit on the midnight movie circuit in the United States, considered as the first-ever midnight cult film, garnering high praise from John Lennon, which led to Jodorowsky being provided with $1 million to finance his next film. The result was The Holy Mountain (1973), a surrealist exploration of western esotericism. Disagreements with the film's distributor Allen Klein, however, led to both The Holy Mountain and El Topo failing to gain widespread distribution, although both became classics on the underground film circuit.After an aborted attempt at filming Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel Dune, Jodorowsky produced five more films: the family film Tusk (1980); the surrealist horror Santa Sangre (1989); the failed blockbuster The Rainbow Thief (1990); and the first two films in a planned five-film autobiographical series The Dance of Reality (2013) and Endless Poetry (2016). Meanwhile, he has simultaneously written a series of science fiction comic books, most notably The Incal (1980–1989), which has been described as having a claim to be "the best comic book" ever written, and also The Technopriests and Metabarons. Accompanying this, he has also written books and regularly lectures on his own spiritual system, which he calls "psychomagic" and "psychoshamanism" and which borrows from his interests in alchemy, the tarot, Zen Buddhism and shamanism. His son Cristóbal has followed his teachings on psychoshamanism; this work is captured in the feature documentary Quantum Men, directed by Carlos Serrano Azcona. more…

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