Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

Illustrating the enormity of his imagination, this documentary details the wildly ambitious ideas cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky had for his big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi novel – before it was canned and given to director David Lynch instead.

In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs El Topo and Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert's Dune - and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen. Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; Alien screenwriter Dan O'Bannon and artist H.R. Giger; and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

2013Rating: M, Nudity90 minsUSA, France
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If only...

Frank Pavich’s documentary on cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s epic movie that never was is a riveting, funny and deliriously entertaining glimpse into what might have been. The glimpses of acid-inspired artwork that constitute the storyboards for an epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel are enough to make any cinephile drool, but what makes this...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Highly entertaining.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Pavich's fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of "spiritual warriors" with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Cheerfully partial and unapologetically deferential to its subject's operatic self-promotion... makes you wish that he had scraped together the final $5 million needed, we are told, to realize his dream.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The best parts explain just how a mad genius like Jodorowsky almost made the impossible possible, just by declaring it to be so.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Pavich's entertaining documentary makes the case for this overblown epic as a legendary lost masterpiece.

Variety

Variety

press

Highly entertaining.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Pavich's fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of "spiritual warriors" with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Cheerfully partial and unapologetically deferential to its subject's operatic self-promotion... makes you wish that he had scraped together the final $5 million needed, we are told, to realize his dream.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The best parts explain just how a mad genius like Jodorowsky almost made the impossible possible, just by declaring it to be so.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Pavich's entertaining documentary makes the case for this overblown epic as a legendary lost masterpiece.

If only...

Frank Pavich’s documentary on cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s epic movie that never was is a riveting, funny and deliriously entertaining glimpse into what might have been. The glimpses of acid-inspired artwork that constitute the storyboards for an epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel are enough to make any cinephile drool, but what makes this...

4.0