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Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Holy Mountain
Film still, Copyright The Holy Mountain
Free with museum admission
MoMA PS1 presents Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 cult film The Holy Mountain in a cinematic setting, played continuously with starting times at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm during regular museum hours in the Third Floor Main Gallery.
Known for his artistic elaborations of the occult, Jodorowsky (Chilean, b. 1929) eschews conventional narrative and emphasizes a baroque visual landscape of psychic and metaphysical complexity, claiming in the film—he plays the character the Alchemist—that "we are images, dreams, photographs." Also taking up the roles of composer, set designer, and costume designer, Jodorowsky oversaw all facets of The Holy Mountain’s production to keep to his singular vision. Additionally, he immersed the actors and collaborators in months of preparatory spiritual exercises, testing the potential for cinema to engage with mysticism.