Jammin’ Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of my favorite artists of all time. One reason why I love this guy’s work so much is that he does it all: writer, director, actor, mime, magician, comic book author, tarot card expert. He’s completely brilliant and hilarious, and both of those traits are present in his films – which I highly recommend despite the fact that Jodo certainly isn’t for everybody.

Readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with Jodorowsky’s Western cum vision quest El Topo, but, for me, the director reaches his cinematic summit – so far – at the top of The Holy Mountain. Without question one of the most bizarre and visually stunning films anyone will ever see, critics who dismiss the plot as a mish-mash of New Age flotsam can be forgiven for not recognizing the gold Jodorowsky hid in the excrement.

Check out one of The Holy Mountain’s most famous scenes (NSFW):


Watch the documentary The Jodorowsky Constellation in its entirety on Joe Nolan’s Insomnia.

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JoeNolan

Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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  • Thad McKraken

    There is an entire chapter in my new book about how his films directly influenced my psychic life. Holy Mountain is my fave too.

  • rus Archer
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693815840 Joe Nolan

      Jodo also did a two issue graphic novel called Saint and Sinner that is sort of a Mexican Spaghetti Western. Really violent. Would make a great movie,.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glibmongo Jason Mullins

    Wheres the documentary @ on your page Joe?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693815840 Joe Nolan

      Hey Jason! There are two links above. The first leads to the film on my YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdho19ONpbQcwwASMpYONSfvZFj81rxb6 The other links leads to another Jodo blog post at Joe Nolan’s Insomnia. Enjoy! Let me know what you think of the movie. It’s not amazingly produced, but it’s informative and a fun tour of the films.

  • http://twitter.com/frafrii frafri

    he is from Chile. I am from Chile . I read his tweets everyday. He says some wise things. Every morning I get up and with my coffee I read his tweets.

  • Simon

    Transcend the Enneagram, Bad Boy Beelzebub was just messing with you Pyotr Demianovich O!

  • rus Archer

    is it in the dvd commentary where he says george harrison was supposed to play the main character but he didn’t want anyone seein his butthole?