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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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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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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Alejandro Jodorowsky had originally planned on filming Dune in the early-'70s, and had enlisted the help of Jean Giraud and H.R. Giger to create the movie's visual style. Salvador Dalí was enlisted to play the part of the Emperor, and Jodorowsky also intended to cast his own son Brontis Jodorowsky as Paul, David Carradine as Duke Leto, Orson Welles as the Baron, and Gloria Swanson as the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother. The soundtrack was to be done by Pink Floyd, whose compositions would represent the progressive House of Atreides, and influential 70s French progressive rock band Magma, whose compositions would represent the evil House of Harkonnen. According to Jodorowsky, "The project was sabotaged in Hollywood. It was French and not American. Their message was 'not Hollywood enough'. There was intrigue, plunder. The storyboard was circulated among all the big studios. Later, the visual aspect of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) strangely resembled our style. To make Alien (1979), they called Moebius [Giraud], Chris Foss, Giger, Dan O'Bannon, etc. The project signaled to Americans the possibility of making a big show of science-fiction films, outside of the scientific rigor of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The project of Dune changed our lives." Jodorowsky also planned on making numerous changes to the source material, including making Duke Leto a eunuch and the spice a blue sponge. Author Frank Herbert openly despised these concepts. See more »

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Chris Foss, Artist - DUNE: In an ideal world he wouldn't have needed a script. You could have set Alejandro down and he would have talked the story, you know. He would have said the words.
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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One of the most fascinating documentaries about visionary film making; funny, charming and a must for Sci-Fi fans
27 May 2014 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

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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