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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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Frank Pavich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Self
Amanda Lear ... Self - Salvador Dali's Muse
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Self - Actor - Dune
Chris Foss ... Self - Artist - Dune
Christian Vander ... Self - Magma
Devin Faraci ... Self - Film Critic
Diane O'Bannon ... Self - Dan O'Bannon's Widow
Drew McWeeny ... Self - Film Critic
Gary Kurtz ... Self - Producer - Star Wars
H.R. Giger ... Self - Artist - Dune
Jean-Paul Gibon ... Self - Co-Producer - Dune
Jean-Pierre Vignau ... Self - Stunt Coordinator - Dune
Michel Seydoux ... Self - Producer - Dune
Nicolas Winding Refn ... Self - Director - Drive
Richard Stanley ... Self - Director - Hardware
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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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Alejandro Jodorowsky had originally planned on filming Dune in the early-'70s, and had enlisted the help of Jean 'Moebius' 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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Alejandro Jodorowsky: This system make of us slaves. Without dignity. WIthout depth. With a devil in our pocket. This, this incredible money are in the pocket. This money. This shit. This nothing. This paper who have nothing inside. Movies have heart. Boom-boom-boom. Have mind. Have power. Have ambition. I wanted to do something like that. Why not?
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References Alien (1979) 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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The Dune We All Deserve
29 April 2014 | by tlupejkisSee all my reviews

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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16 March 2016 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,018, 23 March 2014

Gross USA:

$647,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$647,280
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