The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

El Topo

El Topo

The Wild West is about to get really, really weird with El Topo, presented in a new 4K restoration screening as part of our month-long celebration of Alejandro Jodorowsky!

Starring Jodorowsky as the titular gunfighter, the film sees El Topo set out on a quest to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals. At the same time, the cowboy tries to navigate a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. Joining him on this strange journey is his son, played by Jodorowsky’s real-life son Brontis.

A mix of classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities, El Topo is easily the most controversial Western head-trip ever made.


“Forget about the cosmic significance: it is the work of a talented film-maker, and full of memorable scenes.” – Christopher Hudson, The Spectator

“It’s tempting to say they don’t make films like this any more, but I’m not sure anyone has ever made them like Jodorowsky.” – Ed Potton, The Times

“It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.” – Ben Walters, Time Out