Jodorowski’s Dune

The documentary Jodorowski’s Dune is a weird film about a very weird man who made very weird films back in the 60s and 70s who wanted to make a film version of Frank Herbert’s epic novel Dune in 1975. A movie that he said would expand your consciousness, make people more spiritual, and the film would become like a god. Forget that the FX he wanted simply didn’t exist yet and nobody knew how they’d pull it off. So he lined up Salvador Dali (who would largely be played by a puppet version of himself), Mick Jagger, Orson Welles (to be paid in food and wine), and David Carradine (fresh off Kung-Fu) to star in it, he got the weird futurist artists Moebius and H.R. Geiger to draw the concept art and Pink Floyd (actively recording Dark Side of the Moon) to do some of the music… and then nobody would give him the money to make it and it died. Dune was later brought to the screen in a famously bad (though I loved its weirdness) version by weirdo director David Lynch. For some reason, this famously (?) unmade film was worth of a documentary about it not being made. And, you know, it’s kind of a fascinating movie to watch because the film maker IS so certifiably insane. I’m not sure anyone who doesn’t like the history of film, sci-fi, or mad geniuses would get anything out of it or even have any remote interest in seeing it… but it just came to iTunes rental after a small theatrical run so I gave it a shot.

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