Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

Director: Frank Pavich. 90 min. Rated PG-13. USA/France. Documentary.

The story of "The Greatest Movie Never Made". In 1975, before David Lynch's crappy adaptation, mad Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky was to create the epic space-opera Dune, a 12-20 hour film based on Frank Herbert's famous novel. He'd employed "warriors" such as Dan O'Bannon, H.R. Giger, Pink Floyd (for the soundtrack), and Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger (as actors). It was the sci-fi phenomenon to change movie history before Star Wars did. But then the project fell apart - and later exuded into Alien, BladeRunner, Contact, Prometheus ... in decades to come. A must-see for any film history fan.

PS: Thank you, Amir D., for facilitating the process!

PPS: Comicbookgirl19 does a nice introductory job here.

Mo says:


  1. Although I don't agree that Lynch's Dune was crappy, I'd far rather have seen this movie come to fruition and who knows maybe one day it will, Jodorowsky's "book" still exists and maybe an animated version could be made.

    1. Interestingly, a few weeks after writing this review, I bought David Lynch's "Dune" on Blu-ray. I had seen it first more than 20 years ago, and remember being bored to death at the time. But watching the first few minutes of it again after all these years, I found myself strangely absorbed. Maybe I'll revisit the movie again soon.