Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 127: Tue May 7

El Topo (Jodorowsky, 1970): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm
This film is screening as part of the Classic Film season at the Prince Charles. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1970 midnight cult hit from Mexico, which made quite a few waves in its time, is an extravagant hodgepodge of hand-me-down surrealism, mysticism, Italian westerns, theater of cruelty, and Buñuel—more enjoyable for its unending string of outrages than for its capacity to make coherent sense. The writer-director plays the lead, wandering through the Mexican desert in search of enlightenment from a series of enigmatic masters, and leaving behind (or experiencing) a great deal of grotesque violence. This was the first genuine midnight-movie hit, and if you're looking for pure sensation with intimations of pseudoprofundity, this is the place to go.
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here is the trailer.

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