Directed by Frank Pavich, JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a feature-length documentary about cinema's greatest epic that never was. Its World Premiere was at the. Jodorowsky's Dune is a American-French documentary film directed by Frank Pavich. The film explores cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Dune in the mids. Jodorowsky's Dune is a documentary about Very Important Men making . What of Frank Herbert's Dune, a book that he barely seems to have.
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However, the Dune Film Book (DFB) was widely distributed in Hollywood and, while the paper may not be the best quality, Giraud's In an interview, Jodorowsky discussed the number of books created: at a typewritten movie script with illustrations that claimed to be "DUNE. Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Dune is the world's best-selling sci-fi novel, and the root of the entire Dune franchise. In , the internationally.
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Every detail was there. And yet no one could believe that the taboo-smashing madman behind El Topo and The Holy Mountain could pull it off.
View image of Jodorowsky with cat in This may seem monstrously unfair, considering the methodical preparation Jodorowsky had put in. Jodorowsky thought that 10 or 12 hours would be more appropriate. It was going to be Star Wars.
He and Giraud recycled many of their concepts for a series of graphic novels, The Incal, which began publishing in Meanwhile, the illustrated Dune screenplay was passed around Hollywood, and you can glimpse its influence, whether conscious or unconscious, on Flash Gordon, The Terminator, The Fifth Element, and numerous other science-fiction hits.
A few years ago, news spread that Pavich was working on a film documenting the two-year period Jodorowsky spent on Dune's preproduction. The movie poster describes Jodorowsky's Dune as "the greatest movie that was never made. Pavich does a brilliant job of convincing his audience of Jodorowsky's brilliance and ability to bring the sprawling epic of Dune to the screen. It's still all there: the results of two-years' worth of preproduction work sprung from the minds of artists that have since then gone on to become genre legends, from HR Giger to Jean Giraud more commonly known as Moebius among graphic novel fans , Dan O'Bannon and Chris Foss.
Although there are other interviews and commentaries thrown in Giger, Chris Foss, Gary Kurtz , Jodorowsky's charismatic, quasi-religious, prophetic presence and often hilarious comments provide the backbone of the documentary's success.
You're hooked by his candour from the first moments, when Jodorowsky states in a voice over that he "wanted to make a film that would give the people who took LSD at that time, the hallucinations that you get with that drug, but without hallucinating" to his closing remark that "[to] fail, is not important.
We need to try. Rare are the documentaries that can keep you enthralled for an hour-and-a-half, but this one is actually over before you know it, leaving you wanting for more, and looking forward to the DVD release, which promises an additional 45 minutes of footage. But Pavich's documentary is somewhat frugal in showing the actual artwork and conceptual design works that were created during the two years Jodorowsky's team spent designing Dune. Jodorowsky put together a massive preproduction book, as thick as three phone directories, including a complete storyboard made up of individual drawings by Moebius, which he used to sell his movie to Hollywood studios.
Allegedly, even though copies of that book were distributed at large in Hollywood, only two copies are known to have survived. Jodorowsky is seen leafing through one, so you can only envy the lucky movie or sci-fi geek who got hold of the other. It feels like Pavich is only teasing his audience about the content of that book. He does deliver, but we are left wanting more. We do get treated to some of Giger, Giraud and Foss's contributions.