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Film Review: El Topo (1970)
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El Topo (1970). Written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Set in the Mexican Old West, the story opens with a gunslinger (Alejandro Jodorowsky) on horseback, with his naked son sitting behind him. They get off the horse, and the gunslinger tells his son that he has reached his 7-year old birthday and become a man, therefore he must bury his first toy and a photo of his mother. They continue on and come across a town, the inhabitants of which have been slaughtered. El Topo is apparently an Acid Western - think surreal Spaghetti Western - and it definitely fits that description! Jodorowsky is fantastic as El Topo, the gunslinger, and even employs his (naked) son for the start of the film. Allowing for the budget, age, and origins of the film its visual sequences are relatively good, against an often beautiful Mexican backdrop. More importantly I also found the story fascinating, and relatively refreshing. Hard to know who to recommend it to. Fans of Spaghetti Westerns who don't mind a twist on the genre might get something from it. 4/5 (Good)
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