Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky Run Time: 114 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 1973 Language: English subtitles
Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders
Part of Nitehawk’s SUMMER OF SURREALISM program, LIVE SOUND CINEMA presents Alejandro Jodorowsky’s HOLY MOUNTAIN with a live score by REEL ORCHESTRETTE.
Embodying the sex, drugs, spiritual awakenings and societal unrest of the late 1960s/early 1970S, Jodorowsky’s Mexican-American film Holy Mountain (La Montaña Sagrada) is a suitably bizarre and exquisitely designed trip. The quasi narrative tells of a Christ-like vagrant and six of the world’s most powerful individuals (each representing a planet in the Solar system) for a spiritual pilgrimage through a perverse and unfriendly land. The mission is to find the Holy Mountain and immortality. The film’s symbolic figures and gestures – ranging from birds flying out of bullet holes to reptiles re-enacting the Mexican conquest – make this surreal film one that existed completely outside of traditional filmmaking of the time.
Reel Orchestrette (Bradford Reed & Geoff Gersh) is dedicated to the art of live musical accompaniment to silent films. Reed & Gersh have been collaborating together for almost 20 years, they formed Reel Orchestrette in 2012.