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DLCL Film Series on the Western: El Topo (1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico)

El Topo (1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico)
This violent and allegorical Mexican western attracted a cult following in its day. It is the story of El Topo, a gunslinger who sets out for revenge against the outlaws who slew his wife. He ends up getting his revenge and saving the life of a woman who is being terrorized by bandits. She leads El Topo (in English: "the mole”) on a search for the region's top four gunfighters. During one battle, El Topo is wounded and left by his companions to die. His comatose body is found by a strange group of cave dwelling people who take him to their subterranean home. He does not wake up for many years. When he does, he is enlisted to help the clan dig an escape tunnel. Later they come to a tiny town where the residents belong to a weird religious cult and El Topo's son has become a monk. The townsfolk are terrorized by a sadistic sheriff. When the clan members come into the town, the stage is set for a blood-soaked tragedy.
Introduced by Natalie Deam

Details

When:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014. 07:00 PM

Where:

Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

Sponsor:

Department of German Studies, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Contact:

723-3266
starkey@stanford.edu

Admission:

Admission is free and open to the public. Undergraduates interested in attending more than one film in the series are encouraged to enroll in DLCL 152A for one unit. Graduate Students enroll for DLCL 354A.