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"The Holy Mountain" by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  The Thief (Horacio Salinas), a christlike figure,  wanders through bizarre grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a Alchemist (Alejandro Jodorowsky) who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. 

  They are related to planets in astrological terms and portrayed with broad-brush satire, each personifying the worst aspects of his or her planet's supposed characteristics. The seven consist of: a cosmetics manufacturer (Venus), a weapons manufacturer (Mars), a millionaire art dealer (Jupiter), a war toy maker (Saturn), a political financial adviser (Uranus), a police chief (Neptune) and an architect (Pluto). They are gathered together by the alchemist who instructs them to burn their money and wax images of themselves.
  These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of ten who will seek out the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.

  This psychedelic journey was produced in 1973 by The Beatles manager Allen Klein. The Beatles member George Harrison was intended to play the main character but he withdrew when read in the script he had to wash his anus in front of the camera.
  Jodorowsky used LSD for the purpose of spiritual exploration and he also administered psychedelic mushrooms to his actors during the shooting of the death-rebirth scene.

Filipe Marinheiro

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