El Topo Screens Tonight at The Belcourt

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El Topo
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4
Where: The Belcourt

After 23 years of radio silence, Alejandro Jodorowsky has returned to theater marquees across the country with The Dance of Reality, an autobiographical lucid dream that attempts to capture what it must look like inside Jodorowsky’s head. In celebration of Chile’s favorite cinematic son returning to the spotlight — with the new film, and with the Jodorowsky’s Dune documentary about his attempt to adapt the Frank Herbert novel to the big screen — The Belcourt proudly presents a retrospective of Jodorowsky’s greatest hits each Wednesday in June: El Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre, leading up to the premiere of The Dance of Reality.

In the inaugural film, which arguably founded the midnight movie craze that continues to this day, Jodorowsky stars as a black-clad acid gunslinger, seeking redemption in the wake of a bloodbath. Jodorowsky’s films are meant to be seen on the big screen, where there’s no escape from the swirling psychedelia that encompasses his constant cinematic searches for enlightenment.

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