Saturday, April 5, 2008

EL TOPO DE LA PLAYA

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Yesterday, I saw this old critter rise and sit up from a deep sleep in the sand and it had me thinking about the Alejandro Jodorowsky film, EL TOPO (1970):
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Two more excerpts from earlier in the film's plot:
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5 comments:

j.smart films... said...

Thanks for the education... "they" never showed us this one. Shame on them... looks too classic to miss. I'll check it out soon. Much Respect to the Old Critter.

Patch said...

I found the aural details to this are excellent as well. Pretty intense. Thanks for the clips.

R.T. said...

patch, i'm glad you appreciate the intenseness/surrealness of el topo. good call on taking notice of the sound— i like jodorowsky's use of it as well.

yeah, j., a must see! "they" didn't want you to see it! nah, there's just so many good ones that slip through "there" cracks! yes, much respect to the old critter! he's been sleeping on the same patch of sand for the last few day's. i've noticed he keeps the circular scab on his forehead covered when snoozin' under the sun— i hope it's not cancerous.

warm jet said...

The circular scab is from an implant removal when years ago they 'tagged' the L.A. homeless to chart their movement. I see 'em all the time.
Pretty creepy, eh?
As for El Topo; I believe David Carradine was heavily influence by
Jodorowsky during the Kung Fu series.
This film really tripped me out when I 1st saw it.
Great Post!!!!!

R.T. said...

jet,
el topo really hit me too when i saw it. i don't at all doubt a jodorawsky influence on carradine. i think jodorowsky and dennis hopper were doing a bit of hangin out as well in 69ish/70ish— i remember seeing a photo of them together from that time period, but i cant remeber the name of the book... saw it some ten years ago.

i wouldn't put tagging the homeless past "them", but i've got to ask... are you pulling my leg, homeboy?! that could be the premise of a surreal film plot in itself!