Jodorowsky's Dune


Jodorowsky's Dune

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Part thoughtful tribute, part bittersweet reminder of a missed opportunity, Jodorowsky's Dune offers a fascinating look at a lost sci-fi legend.



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Synopsis: In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. (c) Sony Classics


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  • Feb 01, 2015
    Frank Pavich's intensely watchable documentary is a window into "the greatest movie never made," an adaptation of "Dune" by Chilean surrealist director Alejandro Jodorowsky which would have starred his 12-year-old son, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles; featured music by Pink Floyd and Magma; and been designed by artists who went on to work on films such as "Alien." Through beautifully animated versions of storyboards and concept art, we get a sense of what this film could have been - a movie light years ahead of its time which would've born less resemblance to Frank Herbert's novel and more to an extended ego trip, but with the gleeful spirit of an inspired madman with ambitions to change the world with his art. Jodorowsky's passion for the project, even at the age of 84, is evident in every moment of his interviews, and Pavich successfully pays tribute to a dream deferred, as well as to a man who was able to let go of his creative vision, allowing it to influence the world of art in ways he couldn't have possibly imagined. It's an entertaining and moving look at how failure isn't really failure after all, provided you shoot for the stars.
    Kyle W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2015
    An extremely fascinating, profoundly frustrating yet also surprisingly cheerful account of the greatest adaptation that never was as gloriously envisaged by the mind of an artistic genius obsessed with the idea that he was creating a sacred masterpiece that would change the universe forever.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2014
    Including all the relevant personalities, here is a decent documentary about a great might-have-been of a film some 38 years after the fact. Putting aside the rose colored lenses that come with looking back after many decades, there is also the estimation of the damage failure leaves on the psyches of the people involved. That aspect was most interesting to me at least. And while Jodorosky was denied the opportunity to give his dreams life, many of his ideas were carried on ... without him. That's gotta hurt. It was interesting.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2014
    Regardless of whether you have read or are familiar with 'Dune', this fascinating documentary delving deep into the development and effort that went into Alejandro Jodorowsky's planned film that never was. Not only does it detail the people purely involved in the project in which their intentions were to create something great; it also examines what the films could of actually been like. I was amazed at the motivation and effort that was put into this unmade film, but more unusual how much of modern sci-fi films it went on to influence. What we can learn is that creativity can have a really grand soul, and when not used one way can easily be used another way, Jodorowsky's film exists and this film is just a portal or a window into its potential. Clearly this is one of the biggest contestants for the next Best Documentary Feature and is a Must-See for any sci-fi fan.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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