El Topo

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El Topo

El Topo (The Mole) attained cult status as Midnight Movie in the USA around 1970.

The hero El Topo rides revolver-armed with his son through the desert and finds a village whose inhabitants have been massacred. He goes in search of the murderers, finds them and exacts vengeance. The leader’s woman implores him to take her with him. He takes her, leaving his son behind. As proof of his love to his new companion he takes on the four invincible masters of the desert. His triumph fails to bring him the hoped for satisfaction. The woman shoots him and rides off with a gun-toting woman. El Topo’s body is brought to a cave by a group of deformed humans and worshipped by them as a deity. After many years he comes back to life and resolves to build a tunnel through which the pariahs can leave the cave in which they have been imprisoned for so many years.

Alejandro Jodorowsky, MX 1970, 125 min