El Topo, or WTF@WFS

June 11, 2007 at 9:12 am | Posted in Gabe Bullard, Movies, Webster Film Series | 2 Comments

Meet El Topo, he roams the countryside on horseback, fighting bandits with his trusty six-shooter and naked child. Then, he roams the desert on horseback with his ex-nun girlfriend, dueling with gunslingers that have Godlike powers. Then, he shaves and becomes a street performer to help lead inbred cave-dwellers to a town of money and misdeeds.

That’s El Topo in a nutshell. I saw it Saturday at the Webster Film Series and still have no idea what it was about. All I can say is that if you haven’t seen it, add it to your Netflix queue this instant. Even if you don’t know what anything in the film means, it’s a trip to watch and you’ll soon know why John Lennon and Yoko Ono cited it as their favorite movie.

Also, there’s a bit of homo-eroticism and lesbian tension, so send the kids to bed early with their copy of Plastic Ono Band.



  1. LOL. that’s about as good as I’ve ever heard anyone try to describe the film. maybe that’s why I recomended it for viewing this weekend.
    too bad you didn’t run into mr. ben up there. he called to invite me and lauren that same saturday night, but we went out to watch “breakfast at tiffany’s” in tower grove park instead…
    UPDATE: don’t look now, but my avatar and the picture above bear a striking resemblence. bah!

  2. Ah yes, seeing as how I use Netflix, Prisca and I should have an El Topo and Old Boy movie night.

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