Film Series

Thursday, March 06, 2008
Non-Western Westerns

Part of Non-Western Westerns

Date + Time

Thursday, March 06, 2008
5:30 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1971, 125 min.

Gunfighter el Topo (the Mole), played by Chilean director Jodorowsky, sets out with his son (played by his actual son, Brontis Jodorowsky) to avenge his dead wife in this Mexican adventure. Upon encountering a terrorized village, el Topo rescues a woman and embarks upon a quest to defeat four mystic master gunfighters. The metaphysical journey that ensues is full of biblical allegory, mysticism, lesbian sex, brutal violence, vengeance, and rebirth, resulting in a surreal, psychedelic Western. Filmed in the stark Mexican desert, El Topo borrows from Leone's spaghetti Western yet presents a bizarre landscape all its own. This restored 35mm print comes from ABCKO films.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

Film at SFMOMA is generously supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis
Foundation and Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

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