Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
Frank Herbert’s (mostly) beloved Dune series was turned into a train wreck spectacle in the 1984 version directed by David Lynch. Personally, I love that train wreck, but it has many detractors. So, imagine if Dune was instead made by eccentric Chilean/French director Alejandro Jodorowsky during the crazy 1970’s. He lined up a cast and crew like no other: Orson Welles as the evil Baron. Salvador Dali as the Emperor. Mick Jagger in the role later occupied by Sting. It was to be scored by Pink Floyd. Throw in Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger (Alien, Aliens…), and you have the potential for an amazing movie. Unfortunately, it was never made, and Jodorowsky's Dune tries to put the pieces back together to see what could have been. Of course, Jodorowsky's version of the movie was going to be 10-14 hours long, and he never states that he actually read the book, so it might be a good thing. It doesn’t matter though, as this documentary is a highly entertaining look at sci-fi movie making before Star Wars. It is essential viewing for film lovers and Sci-Fi geeks!