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60 out of 65 people found the following review useful:

One of the most fascinating documentaries about visionary film making; funny, charming and a must for Sci-Fi fans

10/10
Author: gogoschka-1 from wherever good films play
27 May 2014

If you love Sci-Fi films, you have to see this. Or no: If you love films you have to see this. Even better: If you love art in general, you absolutely have to see this. This documentary had me grinning at first and drop my jaw soon later; the grinning was induced by the witty, charming narration by Alejandro Jodorwsky himself (a natural born story teller, if there ever was one) – the jaw dropping came by way of hearing the most incredible anecdotes about how one person got some of the most famous and daring pioneers of their respective arts to participate in one single project: Jodorowsky's 'Dune'.

In 1975, Alejandro Jodorowsky got a group of "warriors" together to make the film version of Frank Herbert's 'Dune', and the way he did this (or the way he tells he did this) is so outright unbelievable and entertaining that it simply must be true (actually, there's an amazing story for another film right there). Can you imagine Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger all starring in a Science-Fiction film scored by Pink Floyd? Watch this Documentary if you want to know how this - nearly - came about. Or did you know that Dan O'Bannon, Moebius, H.R. Giger and Chris Foss all made fantastic designs for a Science-Fiction film that was NOT 'Alien'? Watch this documentary If you like to know more.

Telling the story of arguably the most influential Sci-Fi film never made, this documentary is a pleasure to behold and essential viewing for Sci-Fi geeks, film fans and lovers of art alike. 10 stars out of 10.

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56 out of 91 people found the following review useful:

Fascinating, inspiring, funny

10/10
Author: thogstacker
2 March 2014

This is the only movie I watched twice at the True/False film festival in Columbia, Missouri in 2014. I am a fan of Frank Herbert's Dune and was pulled into the epic mythos of this 1970s film that never was.

Although the story of this "failed" project is fascinating, it was Jodorowsky's passion and drive that made me pay to see this movie twice. This is an absolute must-see for sci-fi fans but should also be viewed by artists, writers, film makers, sculptures, dancers, foley artists or anyone who has creative passion.

It is inspiring to see a man, albeit a near lunatic, with such vision, scope and ambition.

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37 out of 62 people found the following review useful:

The Dune We All Deserve

10/10
Author: tlupejkis from Buffalo, NY
29 April 2014

And we never got it. Due to Hollywood being shortsighted. I appreciate the Dune movies we have, but I know they barely scrape the surface. The Jodorowsky treatment would turn the movie world upside down.

The storyboards themselves make Star Wars look like a movie about Leggos.

I am sad that so many SciFi movies blatantly stole from it yet I am happy that portions live on in film.

It is a horrendous crime, though, that this completely planned movie was torn in pieces to make money for many, while leaving this masterpiece raped and torn and left bloody after the studios cannibalized it.

I can only hope, that, within my lifetime, I can see better Dune movies that encompass all the books. I am a Trekkie, but I know the Dune world is more vast and beats both Star Trek and Star Wars hands down.

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28 out of 48 people found the following review useful:

The Greatest Movie Never Made

8/10
Author: teaguetod
21 April 2014

This documentary tells the story of director Alejandro Jodorowsky's unfinished masterpiece: his attempt to produce a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's sprawling science-fiction novel 'Dune' in the mid-1970s -- a project which was never completed, in part because it collapsed under the weight of the director's incredibly ambitious vision for the movie. It was to have been a larger-than-life epic, as grand as Stanley Kubrick's '2001.'

All that survives of Jodorowsky's 'Dune' are the script, storyboards, and concept artwork. Using these, combined with talking-heads interviews of those involved, the documentary tries to show us how the finished film would have looked.

What makes all this so captivating are the interviews with Jodorowsky himself, and his incredible passion as he recounts the tale of an unfinished project from 40 years ago. Entering into Jodorowsky's world is like falling into a visionary dream where anything and everything is possible. And as his vision progresses, it becomes more and more ambitious: Salvador Dalì, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles agree to star. Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger will design the sets and costumes. Pink Floyd will provide the score. It's hard to imagine a more ambitious movie, considering the technical limitations of the time.

Yet, as the documentary shows, the ripples from this never-completed, ahead-of-its-time film spread out in many directions, inspiring different ideas that made their way into later films such as 'Star Wars' and 'Alien' -- and which continue to inspire filmmakers today.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

The most influential film never actually made?

Author: mote99
13 July 2014

If you love movies and/or eccentric characters, you simply must see "Jodorowsky's Dune." It's one of the best documentaries about the (un)making of a film I've ever seen. It's a terrific documentary and a thoroughly fascinating character study.

It covers the story of a feature film that Alejandro Jodorowsky never made. He came close to making an adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel, Dune, before David Lynch did it in the 1980s. Jodorowsky was a very successful cult film director during the '70s and made films like El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre. When you listen to Jodorowsky talk for this length of time, you come to understand how he got his films made: he simply hypnotized people! ;-)

Although it was never actually made, Jodorowsky's sci-fi film went on to influence later sci-fi movies like "Alien," "Blade Runner," and even "Star Wars." And it also opened the door for the film careers of people like Dan O'Bannon, Jean Giraud, and H.R. Giger, who later worked on Ridley Scott's "Alien."

"Jodorowsky's Dune" gets a big thumbs up from me! I highly recommend this documentary!

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

A documentary about a mad visionary

7/10
Author: Max Kämmerer from Austria
24 July 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This documentary chronicles the exceptional history of the 70s movie version of Frank Hebert's Dune by Alejandro Jodorwosky, a film that was never actually made. It gives you a short filmography of Jodorowsky and then leads you through his vision of the movie he was going to make. However, Jodorowsky's Dune would not have been a movie version of Frank Herbert's novel, but rather a re-imagination of the basics of the book in the mind of an avantgarde director who himself said that he wanted to make movies for people who wanted to experience LSD, but didn't want to take the actual drug, and Jodorowsky acknowledges the former fact with the words: "I was raping Frank Herbert... but with love." People in this documentary keep saying that the film would have been ahead of its time. This may be true in some way. However, I am more confident in saying the following: It would have been one of the worst movies ever made. They show you Jodorowsky's finished costume designs and storyboards, and it looks intriguingly weird at best, and boastfully horrible at worst. The colors you will see are truly like an LSD trip. Some of Jodorowsky's crew went on to make Alien, and his costume design and color scheme (i.e. use all the colors there are) can be seen in Flash Gordon.

Jodorowsky says that when he saw David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune, he was glad because the movie was so much more terrible than what he would have produced, even though he felt sorry for Lynch. Yet I believe that there is no way on earth that Lynch's movie could ever be worse than Jodorowsky's vision. Jodorowsky's film would have been a bastardization of Herbert's work for the sake of an attempt to, for lack of better words, "enlighten the world" according to Jodorowsky's own understanding.

However, his casting choices were, admittedly, inspired: Mick Jagger as Feyd Rautha? Udo Kier as Piter De Vries? Hell yeah. His own son as Paul? Well, I don't know him, but Jodorowsky made him undergo rigorous physical training for 2 years before the movie was to go into production, and then it never did!

The best scene in "Jodorowsky's Dune" is when the Chilean-French director rants about Hollywood film making and how money controls everything. Amazingly honest and true.

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17 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

MUST-SEE documentary for any movie buff

9/10
Author: Paul Allaer from Cincinnati
26 April 2014

"Jodorowsky's June" (2013 release from France; 90 min.) brings the background story on what is referred to as possibly the greatest movie never made, the adaptation of the science fiction book "Dune" by "high are" director Alejandro Jodorowsky. As the documentary opens, we get a crash course of Jodorowsky's earlier work, including experimental theatre in Mexico in the early 60s and a couple of cult movie in the early 70s that did surprisingly well in Europe. So Jodorowsky gets the opportunity to assemble a team of "warriors", as he calls them, to make his vision of Dune into a visual reality. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, if you are a movie enthusiast, you are in for a finger-lickin' good time! Credit for that goes of course to director Frank Pavich, but let's be honest: he couldn't have had a more enjoyable subject than Alejandro Jodorowsky, who turns out to be a master story teller. The way he convinces people, one after another, to give their cooperation to the movie, is just priceless (one of the best stories involves the movie makers making a trip to London to ask Pink Floyd to provide the soundtrack--just watch!). Jodorowsky is now in his mid-80s but he looks about 20 or 30 years younger, and most importantly, he remains as feisty and as ambitious as ever. There is a nice soundtrack to the movie, by Kurt Stenzel (of the band SpacEKraft).

I had seen the trailer for this movie a number of times in recent weeks, and this was for me once of the most anticipated releases so far in 2014. The movie opened this weekend at my local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati, and I went to see it right away. The early evening screening I saw this at was very well attended, I'm happy to say. If you are in the mood for a top notch documentary that gives the spotlight to a creative genius who could've/should've brought Dune to the big screen the right way, by all means see this. "Jodorowsky's Dune" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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21 out of 38 people found the following review useful:

A stunning film about passion

10/10
Author: Cate Baum from United States
18 November 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

If you've ever dreamed of making a movie, this story is the dream. Except, despite Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's epic drive and commitment to make "Dune", the sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, a reality, Hollywood could not bend to allow the film to go ahead.

It's truly unbelievable that any of Jodo's dream becomes a reality in every way. Until, unfortunately, he dreams too big. And he blows it.

But his legacy continues. Not only does Hollywood use his amazing team of artists, they use shot after shot from the bible he created. With interviews with director Nicolas Winding Refn and basically everyone involved in the project, the world of Jodo is laid bare - and it's a breathtaking sight.

Director Frank Pavich simply lets Jodo talk - and that is what makes the documentary such a success. The piece also features amazing animations of Jodo's storyboards, that bring his version of "Dune" to the big screen at last - proving that his vision was indeed epic and beautiful.

There is a sense of campaign here, in that "wouldn't it be great if someone would fund this movie now?" and Jodo quips how ripe it is for a feature-length animation. Let's hope this happens, because if it does, it would change the way we see art on the big screen forever. A stunning film about passion, obsession and life itself that has to be watched by anyone involved or with a love of filmmaking.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

an enthralling, entertaining and informative documentary

8/10
Author: gregking4 from Australia
22 August 2014

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Another one for the film buffs! In the mid 70's Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky (best known for his trippy cult western El Topo and the mind bending The Holy Mountain) set out to make a film based on Frank Herbert's seminal classic, but long thought unfilmmable sci-fi novel Dune, even though he had never read it. Jodorwosky spent two years working on the design of his movie, only to find that the major Hollywood studios ultimately wanted no part of it, despite all his extensive preproduction work. Frank Pavich's fascinating documentary features an extended interview with Jodorowsky who talks about his epic vision for the project. Pavich spent three years interviewing Jodorwosky about the movie that never was. He wanted Pink Floyd, who had just released their Dark Side Of The Moon album, to do the music. He got British graphic artist Chris Foss to provides many of the key designs; graphic novelist Moebius to draw the elaborate storyboards; and Swiss artist H R Giger to contribute. He cast Salvador Dali, who, at $100,000 per minute for five minutes work would be considered the highest paid actor in Hollywood at that time, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles in small but important roles. But even though the film was budgeted at $15 million, Hollywood studio executives balked at the project, and it is easy to see why they were suspicious of the flamboyant and idiosyncratic director. Eventually Dino De Laurentiis' daughter acquired the rights to the project and gave it to David Lynch (Eraserhead), but the film was ruined by studio interference. Even though Jodorwosky's ambitious Dune was never made, its fingerprints can still be seen in a number of sci-fi films that came afterwards, from Star Wars through to Alien, which had a number of the same creative people working on the production. Jodorowsky's Dune is not just another talking heads documentary, though, as there are plenty of illustrations of his epic and ambitious vision, as well as some film clips. And Jodorowsky candidly talks also about how a movie is a work of art, full of passion and intellect, a far cry from the rather bland and derivative blockbusters being regularly churned out by Hollywood studios. And he can't quite hide his joy when he talks about how awful Lynch's version of the film proved to be. This is an enthralling, entertaining and informative documentary!

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Jodorowskys creative world

9/10
Author: jeansechaud from glasgow
16 July 2014

Watched that Dune documentary with Alejandro Jodorowsky what a creative man. I really like his motto if you fail its not important try anyway you need to try. Sadly he should have tamed his ego because that became the issue in the end having no compromise, no grey areas just black or white. He loved his concept but he was over passionate and everyday his mind was open. The director of this film achieved the purpose. To engage the audience fully in Jodorowskys world and leaving them with their own debate regarding Jodorowskys proposal for Dune

It attracted my interest even though Jodorowsky was like a wild horse of creativity, ideas let loose and quite rightly so he was against the system but overlooking he was in the system as a film-maker forgetting this and in the end it cost him his opportunities to have his film. That book of great work alongside the incredible talent from all who had supported him that too was his failing he was so involved in his own creation and ideas he forgot to find the importance too in the people and the methods and evaluations of all the others should be inclusive too for things to work in the end. Ultimately he himself was unable to compromise and had to see in the end it failed him. He never got his film although elements from the concept book eventually got made into a comic book

The Hollywood magnate stole his ideas if only he could have calmed his ego He could have compromised and took on board others point of view. What a film that would have been even though it is on the dark side of science fiction. I'm glad he got the documentary made as this led to his reunion with his old friend and he helped influence others most of all. More importantly for him, he got all that creativity out his head as one mans dream needs to be out there physically.

A genius before his time much to be learned from his actions tame the ego but do something anyway life is full of good things you just need to try to focus your energy rationally in areas where you can make things happen

How will your day be today?.......

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