Edinboro Film Series: Surrealist Motion Picture Comes to Campus

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 7:51 PM
Edinboro Film Series: Surrealist Motion Picture Comes to Campus by Britton Rozzelle
The Edinboro Film Series provides students a chance to witness critically or culturally important films.

There are some movies that are just so incredibly wild and incomprehensible that they stand the test of time, despite obvious drawbacks.

There are films that continue to astound, confound and confuse despite being decades old.

There are films studied and analyzed consistently by film students, or even just fans of cinema.

There are films like Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain,” the next addition to the Edinboro Film Series’ set of critically acclaimed artistic movies, that actively deny writers the ability to describe and review them.

Originally shown in limited release when it debuted in 1973, “The Holy Mountain” chronicles the journey of a man trying to find gold. Through a series of inexplicable (but symbolic) events, he reaches The Alchemist, played by Jodorowsky himself, who aims to make him his new apprentice. Its presence on the Film Series program only stands as a testament to how important some consider this film, which, at the time, set the standard for surreal and abstract movies.

This being said, Alejandro Jodorowsky is almost as eccentric as the movies he creates. In the years he has been active as a director and actor, he has proven time and time again that he has a very strong vision for each of his films, and that much is apparent upon viewing them. With this being said, “The Holy Mountain” stands out from the rest of his works as being something both exhilaratingly abstract and awe-inspiring.

To this day, “The Holy Mountain” pushes the boundary of what movies can be, with shots rarely, if ever, containing any discernible explanation upon first viewing, scenes full of happy-looking lizards in clothing, and incredible set design, that challenge the viewer to enter the world Jodorowsky created.

“The Holy Mountain” is set to debut at the Scots Cinema Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free to Edinboro University Students and $5 for general admission.

NWPA membership cards are also accepted. The next film in the series, “Ex Machina,” will premiere March 3. For more information and details on the series, visit the website, facebook.com/ edinborofilmseries.

For those interested in learning more about Jodorowsky, his films, or his process, “Jodorosky’s Dune” provides an in-depth and lengthy description of his adaptation of “Dune.”

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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