Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock to Screen Controversial Masterpiece ‘The Holy Mountain’
Since Alamo Drafthouse opened in Lubbock, I've been anxiously anticipating a screening of one of my very favorite films, Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 masterpiece The Holy Mountain. It's showing Saturday, March 24th at 10 p.m.
The Holy Mountain is a little difficult to explain in general, and it's even more challenging to describe why I, and so many other cinephiles, love this film so deeply.
Luckily, the film will be hosted by Texas Tech's Visual and Performing Arts Liaison Rob Weiner, who has written several books about transgressive film. Weiner is widely considered an expert on challenging movies.
This film is not for everyone. It is violent, upsetting, and possibly sacrilegious. And there's nudity.
The Holy Mountain was written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowski, who also plays 'The Alchemist' in the movie. The film follows the journey of 'The Thief,' who is very reminiscent of Jesus Christ as he travels through horrific and bizarre encounters. He meets seven powerful people who help him seek The Holy Mountain and immortality.
The film is psychedelic, and some of the scenes are shot in mind-blowingly masterful ways. The aesthetic is wildly unique and draws deeply from the Tarot, the Holy Bible and mysticism.
If you're ready to take the plunge, tickets are available at the Alamo Drafthouse website.