Thursday, 4 February 2010

Alejandro Jodorowsky : The Holy Mountain

"The holy Mountain is a 1973 cult film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky who also participated as actor, composer, set designer, and costume designer.
The film was produced by Beatles manager Allen Klein of ABKCO after Jodorowsky scored an underground phenomenon with El Topo and the acclaim of both John Lennon and George Harrison.

The film is based on "The Ascent of Mt. Carmel" by St. John of the Cross, and "Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing" by Rene Daumal, a student of G.I. Gurdjieff.
In particular, much of Jodorowsky's visually psychedelic story follows the metaphysical thrust of "Mount Analogue", such as the climb to the Alchemist"

Jodorowsky was also instructed by Ichazo to take LSD for the purpose of spiritual exploration, and he administered psilocybin mushrooms to his actors during the shooting of the death-rebirth scene.

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