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EL TOPOTickets: http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/fridacinema/advance?i=19471
August 4 @ 11:00 pm
One event on 08/05/2017 at 3:30pm
One event on 08/05/2017 at 7:00pm
The genre of the Psychedelic Western launched in the late ’60s, but its true form manifested itself in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s dreamlike, bizarre, and unforgettable epic El Topo. A story about a mysterious gunfighter clad in black, this film pairs the mysticism of Eastern religions with extreme violence, enough to make Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch seem like a cartoon.
Originally released in 1970, El Topo quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences, becoming a landmark in independent film-making. The early screenings at New York’s Elgin Theater sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by Jodorowsky himself) tries to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. As it seeks an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, El Topo is also the most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made!
Part of our OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakouts series, with two additional encores the following day!
Friday, August 4 – 11pm
Saturday, August 5 – 3:30pm, 7pm