Welcome to my new short series called Hippie Hotties where I plan to talk about a hippie-era movie that stretched the limits of free love and sex by showing off some sexy nudes on the big screen. This era of experimentation led to some pretty far-out films, so let's take a look!
If you want to feel like you're tripping balls, then an Alejandro Jodorowsky movie is for you. Come one, come all to The Holy Mountain. The Mexican director, actor, musician, and writer is a legend for being so strange and his masterpiece The Holy Mountain is no different.
Jodorowsky himself stars as The Alchemist who is a spiritual guru that wants enlightenment. He joins a mystic who introduces him to seven magicians. Together they will all try to find the Holy Mountain, a place where they can achieve enlightenment.
The film was produced by Beatles manager Allen Klein with music by Alejandro Jodorowsky himself. Speaking of The Beatles, George Harrison was a huge fan of the director and was originally slated to be in this movie, but he objected to a nude scene that the director wanted him to do. Instead of bowing down to the demands of the famous George Harrison, Jodorowsky insisted that he drop out of the movie. That should give you an idea of what Jodorowsky was like if you weren't familiar with him before - he liked to stick to his artistic vision!
So with that story in mind, you've probably guessed that this movie has a lot of nudity. Well, you aren't wrong. Valerie Jodorowsky, Adrianna Page, Guadalupe Perullers, and Re Debris all show off breasts, buns, and bush in this movie.
Admittedly, this movie has little to do with actual hippies. That being said, its psychedelic influence is very clear. This is a surrealist classic that blends trippy visuals with explorations of spirituality. Very early 70s, if you ask me. The movie blends spirituality with grotesque and colorful images scattered throughout. There is very little dialogue in the movie either, so keep your eyes open and just vibe.
Jodorowsky had previously directed El Topo which was a critical success. People were eagerly awaiting The Holy Mountain as his follow-up. The movie was very anticipated at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and had a limited release after that. He has never experienced mainstream success, but that doesn't mean he isn't an art-house darling.
Famously, Jodorowsky was slated to do an adaptation of Dune that intended to collaborate with everyone from Mick Jager to Salvador Dali. I mention this because it is both fascinating and incredibly telling. Jodorowsky is that well-regarded by artists all over the world. Rockstars, painters, filmmakers, and everyone in between have admired him for decades. This fearless film should give you an idea as to why.
If you want to experience what this movie is like, watch this nude scene where Re Debris strips nude to experience an "electronic orgasm". That should give you an idea: