Alejandro jodorowskys visionary interpretation of frank herberts scifi novel dune. It made sense to film producers to turn herberts dune into a movie, but they had. It doesnt make any sense, and the special effects are straight from the dime store but if you give up trying to understand it, and just sit back and let it wash around in your mind, its not bad. Dear shaded viewers, in 1973, film producer arthur p. So needless to say, dune is largely regarded as the best film never made by film critics and movie buffs. In 20, the film about the masterpiece that never was, jodorowskys dune, made the argument that the projects influence spilled over into other, fullyrealized movies. That script was never filmed, but it was said to surpass star wars if it was ever filmed. Tenet is expected to be one of his most ambitious releases yet, so audiences can expect big ideas. Jodorowskys dune is a documentary about the making an epic scifi film which never got made. Jodorowskys dune didnt get made for a reason and we should. The film explores cult film director alejandro jodorowskys unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film frank herberts 1965 science fiction novel dune in the mid1970s.
Its like a dream, my friend from hollywood was explaining. Having never seen the original film dune or read the books, the mini series has to be shit. Jodorowskys dune the most influential scifi film never made. Jodorowskys dune and the allure of the unmade masterpiece. Jodorowskys dune and the greatest films never made lee arizuno, october 16th, 2009 12. Alejandro jodorowsky talks the wildest film never made in jodorowskys dune beth hanna. Amazing books, i even like the lynch film though its really a different take on it. Pretty much everything lynch touches is different though, guess that should have been expected. Jodorowskys dune is a documentary about very important men making very important art, and as such, it has very little to do with frank herberts novel at all. Chilean film director alejandro jodorowskys version of the movie dune had a cast and crew lined up that included h.
Dune is one of the most influential scifi series of all time. The book series inspired both television shows and movies. This is basically the story of the greatest movie never made. If you didnt know, this documentary tells the story of the production of the original dune movie, and no i dont mean the david lynch film. It was filmed at the churubusco studios in mexico city and included a. In fact, one of the most influential movies that was never shown in theaters was a film based on dune the dune movies that did come out ended up being incredibly popular among scifi fans, and theres good reason for it. It made me realize, to a degree, why i never ended up an artistic field, and gave me an vastly increased respect for jodorowsky, geiger, foss, and moebius.
Jodorowkys dunethe greatest film that was never made. Its not something i would watch twice, but if you are interested in any of the main players in the documentary, or the dune. The straw that broke the camels back was when they were going to include a robot servant for the emperor, essentially undoing the whole setting of dune. Hollywood did not want the films length to exceed two hours. For four decades alejandro jodorowskys aborted scifi masterpiece, dune, languished as cinemas most famous movie that was never made. They were brilliantly written, filled with visually. With dali also a part of jodorowskys dune, perhaps the great surrealist is the patron saint of this list. It was a hugely funded production that finally came to. Despite all of this, as we know, the plans fell apart and the movie never saw the light of day. It made sense to film producers to turn herberts dune into a movie, but. The film stars kyle maclachlan in his film debut as young nobleman paul atreides, and includes an ensemble of wellknown american and european actors in supporting roles. The messy, misunderstood glory of david lynchs dune.
He would have had mick jagger, orson wells, david carradine and salvador dali all playing the leads in dune with pink floyd as the soundtrack. The lowest rated film on rotten tomatoes that he has directed is interstellar, which still got a 72%, certified fresh. My life and overall existence as a scifi fan would be complete if this is. There was a great doc on netflix about the original dune film that never made it, amazing how. The film wouldve starred jodorowskys 12yearold son as part of a cast that included orson welles, mick jagger, and salvador dali, as the mad emperor of the galaxy.
Jodorowskys dune is a 20 americanfrench documentary film directed by frank pavich. Features, francis ford coppola, jodorowskys dune, louis malle, martin. Dune is a 1965 science fiction novel by american author frank herbert, originally published as two separate serials in analog magazine. Dune, an upcoming film directed by denis villeneuve. Dune is a 1984 american epic science fiction film written and directed by david lynch and based on the 1965 frank herbert novel of the same name. While its heartbreaking that the movie never got made son brontis jodorowsky, who would have played paul atreides, is particularly poignant imagining his alternate life as a superstar, jodorowskys dune posits that the raw materials nevertheless left an enduring mark on cinematic scifi, providing the basis for famous aspects of alien. Im watching the documentary about jodorowskys dune right now and it gets clearer and clearer that it was a good thing it was never made. The story of cult film director alejandro jodorowskys ambitious but ultimately. Appearances by alejandro jodorowsky, brontis jodorowsky, chris foss, h. The tale of how the maverick chilean filmmaker alejandro jodorowsky tried and failed to make a film of frank herberts scifi epic dune is the subject of a hilarious documentary at miff. Mick jagger, salvador dali and orson welles in the scifi. Jodorowskys dune is an account of a film that was never made despite all the love that its makers poured into it, yet somehow its warm and inspirational. The option was then taken over two years later by director alejandro jodorowsky, who proceeded to approach, among others, peter gabriel, the prog rock groups pink floyd and magma for some of the music, artists h. The story of cult film director alejandro jodorowskys ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Jodorowskys dune looks back on the greatest scifi film. Giger, diane obannon, richard stanley, nicolas winding refn and gary kurtz. Alejandro jodorowsky unseen dune dune behind the scenes. Dune, by alejandro jodorowsky, was an ambitious and expensive film that was going to change cinema and, the filmmaker imagined, the world jodorowsky had already made a. Denis villeneuve is remaking dune, and thats a good thing frank herberts sprawling scifi epic is being made into another movie. It either would have been terrible, like the whos tommy, or sheer brilliance, like 2001. The film has won numerous awards and was shortlisted for a best documentary oscar. Without a doubt, this is one of the most influential films never made. The 14hour epic film, dune, that alejandro jodorowsky, pink. Denis villeneuves dune, which is due out next year, looks as if it might have one of the alltime great casts. The quietus film film features jodorowskys dune and. Dune was made, on a smaller scale however, by director, david lynch twin peaks, mulholland drive and largely flopped at the box office. Directed by frank pavich, the film tells the story of chileanfrench director alejandro jodorowsky, who spent a good chunk of the 1970s trying to. Jodorowskys dune was proposed in 1974, before star wars had proved that scifi films could be blockbusters, and is seen as the forerunner to movies like alien and bladerunner.
With kyle maclachlan, virginia madsen, francesca annis, leonardo cimino. The film you will never see by alejandro jodorowsky there is a hebraic legend which says. The cannes hits new trailer entices film geeks with tales of the greatest movie never made. Because his dune was never made, people can make it in their minds, and in their minds, the movie is incrediblea gamechanger in every sense of the phrase, the movie jodorowsky wanted, even. A documentary feature recounting the creative development behind the making of the. Dune s very language makes the movie almost impenetrable. Within the first 10 minutes, the film bombarded audiences with words like kwisatz. Jodorowskys dune didnt get made for a reason and we. Giger, salvador dali, mick jagger, david carradine, gloria swanson and orson welles, with music by pink floyd. Jacobs optioned the film rights to dune but died before a film could be developed.
It tied with roger zelaznys this immortal for the hugo award in 1966, and it won the inaugural nebula award for best novel. A rousing new documentary revisits the unbelievable story of the most influential movie never made. A dukes son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his fathers evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperors rule. Denis villeneuve is remaking dune, and thats a good thing. That would make jodorowskys version of dune the greatest science fiction film never made. The recent 20 documentary currently showing across the country, jorodowskys dune, is a heart rending masterpiece, a tale of an almost made film that was so visionary, with echoes of power that have resonated throughout the years that followed its two year aborted production. It is the first installment of the dune saga, and in 2003 was cited as the worlds bestselling science fiction novel. The film s writerdirector was alejandro jodorowsky, a chileanborn avantgarde theatre veteran who made two of the most gloriously surreal films of the 1970s or, indeed, any other decade. But a bigger reason for the new film s appeal is that its real subject is not jodorowsky but that rare, enticing item. Inside the greatest scifi film never made the verge.967 180 462 751 1463 324 907 1237 737 811 531 1267 1198 363 843 754 1332 774 322 483 857 1165 1 1430 683 347 542 266 534 593 1413 1230