This film, funded in part by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and directed by Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, is truly one of the strangest experiences in cinema history. Multiple viewings in this particular case may result in more confusion as opposed to clearing things up. Visually, it’s an incredible feat of moviemaking; thematically, it veers into territory often reserved for epic conversations between stoned theology students.

There’s a Christ-like figure who must ascend a mountain to achieve some sort of ultimate truth; there’s human feces being turned into gold; there’s even a recreation of the Spanish slaughter of the Mayans in Mexico using live frogs and lizards in tiny conquistador/Mayan priest costumes. If you’ve ever heard people talk about this film, now’s your chance to join the ride.

The Holy Mountain (1973)
Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23
11:55 p.m. (both days)
IFC Center
323 6th Ave, New York
Tickets $13