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Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 16 March 2016 (France)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Himself
Amanda Lear Amanda Lear ... Herself
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Himself
Chris Foss Chris Foss ... Himself
Christian Vander Christian Vander ... Himself
Devin Faraci ... Himself
Diane O'Bannon Diane O'Bannon ... Herself
Drew McWeeny ... Himself
Gary Kurtz ... Himself
H.R. Giger ... Himself
Jean-Paul Gibon Jean-Paul Gibon ... Himself
Jean-Pierre Vignau Jean-Pierre Vignau ... Himself
Michel Seydoux Michel Seydoux ... Himself
Nicolas Winding Refn ... Himself
Richard Stanley ... Himself
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

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The greatest science fiction movie never made

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Rated PG-13 for some violent and sexual images and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 March 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

'Дюн' на Ходоровски See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,018, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$646,512, 25 July 2014
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1.78 : 1
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Alejandro Jodorowsky: For me, science fiction was like a huge theater, like a huge work of art. Every spaceship was a being, like an insect, like a fabulous bird. That was the spaceship I wanted.
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As mindboggling as El Topo and The Holy Mountain
24 March 2014 | by alanjjSee all my reviews

If you loved El Topo and The Holy Mountain in the 1970s, even if you think that you've now grown up and put such mystical mumbo-jumbo behind you, you've still got to see this documentary about a movie that was never made. How, you may ask, can a film be made about another film that never existed? Well, in the tale spun by Alejandro (and his tale- telling, even in his broken English, is as fine as that of Spalding Gray), someone told him about the book Dune, by Frank Herbert, and, at a time when producers were willing to shower Alejandro with money, Alejandro said, "That will be my next movie." He had not read the book. It's not clear from the movie that he EVER read the book. But he went about hiring the best illustrators to create the most fantastic storyboard ever made, a huge volume the size of an artbook merged with the Unabridged Oxford, that illustrated the complete film, beginning to end. It only roughly corresponded to the novel, but to Alejandro, that did not matter. He told the story that he wanted to tell, about how one messianic figure, Paul (who would be depicted by Alejandro's son), would liberate, not just the planet Arrakus, but the entire universe. And all of this would have been depicted visually with special effects, in 1974.

In Alejandro's tale, this film was $5 million away from being made. And it would have starred David Carradine, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger among others. Alejandro's tales of finding these various stars and offering the roles are fantastical in themselves, and highly dubious, but for my to retell the tales here would spoil some of the best parts of the movie.

I attended the movie with someone who had not seen Alejandro's movies, nor had he read Dune (although it's on his must-read list), but he loved the movie because (1) it's a great tale, and (2) the comic book artists and special effects people that Alejandro employed, and who were working on the film when they pulled the plug, have gone on to great fame in other films and in comic art. And my friend was mostly nonexistent in the 1970s.

I remember Alejandro coming to speak at my college in 1971, and he was spellbinding, and he is still spellbinding in this film.


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