|JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (director: Frank Pavich; cinematographer: David Cavallo; editors: Alex Ricciardi, Paul Docherty; music: Kurt Stenzel; cast: Nicolas Winding Refn, Michael Seydoux, Brontis Jodorowsky, Devin Faraci, Dan O'Bannon, Diane O'Bannon, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Gary Kurtz, Salvador Dali, Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley; Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Travis Stevens/Stephen Scarlata /Frank Pavich; Sony Picture Classics; 2013)|
|"For lovers of visionary
films, this one is a gem."
by Dennis Schwartz
fascinating documentary about the making of Frank
Herbert's sci-film Dune. A film that was never made
by Alexandro Jodorowsky, but
eventually by David Lynch (1984) as a big-budget
studio film that mostly underwhelmed critics. Director
Frank Pavich ("N.Y.H.C.") tells the
story through the embittered eyes of the excitable
Chilean-born Alexandro Jodorowsky,
who positively proclaims that in 1975 he was on
his way to making Dune into a masterpiece but no
studio would give him the money because they
were afraid of his creative ideas.
the early 1970s Jodorowsky
made El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain
underground psychedelic surrealist films that
played the Midnight
was to star Jodorowsky's own
son Brontis along with Orson Welles, David Carradine,
Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali, and with Pink Floyd
providing the score,. The art direction was handed
over to H.R. Giger and Jean "Moebius" Giraud. The
ambitious project included a massive storyboard, that
was two years in the making. It is eerie to hear
film also includes eye-opening interviews with
Michel Seydoux, Diane O'Bannon (widow of Dune
art contributor Dan O'Bannon), art designer
Chris Foss, and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz.
For lovers of visionary films, this one is a gem. Though one might not be completely taken with Jodorowsky's narcissism, one wonders if his Dune would have turned out to be as great as he claims it would have been.
REVIEWED ON 4/2/2016 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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