El Topo (1970)
Off the back of the last sell-out event, Cinema Klandestino return with another banger on 35mm. To celebrate the re-release of Jodorovsky's 1970 cult classic El Topo, you are invited to this exclusive screening on this special day. While over the pond they celebrate Freedom from British Imperialism, we raise our glasses to U.S. imperialism with a parodic wink. Join us to party from 7pm - dress code is psychedelic Western - before the film starts at 8pm. Advance booking recommended.
El Topo was the landmark cult film that began the whole 'midnight movie' phenomenon. It was the most talked about, most shocked about and most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made transforming the way risk-taking audiences, seeking mainstream Hollywood alternatives, watched edgy underground films and how the industry learned to market them. New York cinema owner Ben Barenholtz first came across El Topo at the Museum of Modern Art. He booked the film to play seven nights a week at midnight in his run-down Elgin Cinema on 8th Avenue because, as the single ad he took out in The Voice put it, it was "too heavy to be shown any other way". El Topo regularly sold out every night for months, with many fans returning on a weekly basis. It ran at the theater through June 1971, until at the prompting of John Lennon—who was reported to have seen the film at least three times—Beatles manager Allen Klein purchased the film through his ABKCO film company.