In the middle of the 1970s, cult surrealist director
Alejandro Jodorowsky had the dream of turning Frank Herbert’s DUNE into a
mind-altering sci-fi experience. He
assembled his spiritual warriors to help make it including artists Jean
“Moebius” Giraud, Christopher Foss, and H.R, Giger (who would go on to create
the ALIEN monster for Ridley Scott) and actors Orson Welles (as the Baron
Harkonnen), Salvador Dali (as the Emperor and Dali’s muse as the Princess
Irulan), Mick Jagger, David Carradine, Udo Kier, and Alejandro’s own son as
Paul Maudib. He was also going to get
Pink Floyd and Magma, two rock bands of the era, to do the music. His version
of DUNE is the tale of one of the
greatest science fiction movies never made.
This astonishing documentary tells the tale through artwork and
interviews with Jodorowsky, his producer Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger,
Christopher Foss, Dan O’Bannon’s widow, Dali’s muse, and directors who
appreciate Jodorowsky’s work (Richard Stanley and Nicolas Winding Refn).
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE is the must watch
documentary for sci-fi and film fans.
Nine deleted scenes (approx46 minutes total):
A Nice Killing (Jodorowsky comments on how nice
it would to
kill the arms manufactors), Costumes of Dune, Frank Herbert’s Novel( how
Herbert refused to sell to Hollywood plus Jodorowsky and Seydoux having
different memories of what the adaptation rights sold for), Jodorowsky and Seydoux
on Dune’s Length, Jodorowsky on Hollywood, Jodorowsky on Film Philosophy,
Seydoux on Dino De Laurentiis (and the selling of the novel rights after the
movie failed to secure the last $5 million for the project $15 million budget),
and an animated storyboard sequence of The Conception of Alia.
The deleted scenes are recommended viewing as
there is no
waste here and I wish some of these scenes remained in the 90 minute documentary. Also
included among the extras are the
theatrical trailer and previews (for Sony technology, THIRD PERSON, FOR NO GOOD
REASON, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, THE LUNCHBOX, and TIM’S VERMEEER) in addition
to the movie in standard definition on DVD.
watching this heartfelt tale of a version of DUNE that never got made, it made
me wish it could have been made.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE is the best documentary of 2014.
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