El Topo

From The Spaghetti Western Database

El Topo (Mexico, 1970) Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Contents:
  • Runtime: 125 min.
  • Release Date: 18.12.1970

Also known as

The Mole | The Gopher | A vakond (Hungary) | Kret (Poland]

Cast and Crew

  • Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau, José Luis Fernández, Alf Junco, Gerardo Zepeda, René Barrera, René Alís, Federico Gonzáles, Vicente Lara, Pablo Leder, Giuliano Girini Sasseroli, Cristian Merkel, Aldo Grumelli, Mara Lorenzio, David Silva, Ignacio Martínez España, Eliseo Gardea Saucedo, Héctor Martínez, Paula Romo, Bertha Lomelí, Juan José Gurrola, Víctor Fosado, Agustín Isunza, Jacqueline Luis, Robert John
  • Cinematography: Rafael Corkidi
  • Music: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Synopsis

El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, riding a horse through a spiritual, mystical landscape strewn with old Western movie, and ancient Eastern religious symbols. Bandits slaughtered a village on his path, so El Topo avenges the massacred, then forcibly takes their leader's woman Mara as his. El Topo's surreal way is bloody, sexual and self-reflective, musing of his own demons, as he tries to vanquish those he encounters.

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