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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

Gross USA:

$647,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$647,280
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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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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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An Entertaining Documentary
2 January 2015 | by uroshnor54See all my reviews

I think it's a good thing that Alejandro Jodorowsky didn't get to make his version of Dune. I haven't seen any of his films, just some trailers, but from what the trailers look like and what is shown in this documentary, his version of Dune would have been too, um, weird. It probably would have been even farther from the book than David Lynch's version (which I actually kind of like, to tell you the truth). Actually, it definitely would have farther from the book than David Lynch's version. It surely would have been a film to be reckoned with but that doesn't necessarily mean it would have been of very high quality.

Still, this was a very interesting documentary to watch. Alejandro Jodorowsky talks in quite a compelling manner. He is never boring to listen to. I became excited when he was excited and sad when he became sad (yes, even though I think it's good his Dune was never made). I also liked the soundtrack.

I would have liked this documentary a bit more if it weren't for some unsupported assumptions made by some of the interviewees. I think Nicolas Winding Refn says something like (just paraphrasing here), "The studios didn't make Jodorowsky's Dune because they were afraid of his imagination." No, they just didn't think it would be a commercial success, which isn't the same thing as being afraid of his imagination. And another guy says Jodorowsky's Dune influenced "Blade Runner, William Gibson, The Matrix." Blade Runner, I can understand, since Blade Runner was influenced a bit by the work of Moebius, who would have worked on Jodorowsky's Dune. And I guess The Matrix was influenced somewhat by Blade Runner, since I think Blade Runner had some influence on the Japanese anime and manga that directly influenced The Matrix. But William Gibson couldn't have been influenced by Jodorowsky's Dune. How could he have seen the "Dune Bible"? Neuromancer was influenced by the work of the Beat Generation writers, particularly William S. Burroughs, and books by science fiction writers like Alfred Bester and Samuel R. Delany. Also, there was this part that tries to connect the T-800's head up display to the Dune Bible. Again, why would James Cameron have been allowed to see the book. He wasn't a big filmmaker at the time. The only movie he had directed up until then was Pirhanha II: The Spawning. The Terminator was the movie that put him on the map. Anyway, couldn't they just have called up James Cameron and asked? The documentary would have been better if it showed more proof that Jodorowsky and Moebius's Dune Bible was really mined for ideas by studios.


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