Last night I watched Jodorowski’s Dune, a documentary about film maker Alejandro Jodorowski’s attempt to bring Dune to the big screen in the 1970s, long before the 1984 David Lynch version. It is the portrait of a true creator, taken with his vision to an obsessive level to see his unique version of Dune come to fruition. The story, concepts, art, and overall vibe, however, were way too weird for Hollywood and Jodorwski’s Dune became the “greatest science fiction movie never made.”
Just a short list of the participants Jodorowski assembled tells you much about the movie’s gestalt: David Carradine, Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, Jean “Moebius” Giruad, H.R. Giger, Dan O’Bannon, Pink Floyd, and Magma.
Much more than an autopsy on how the feature was developed, and why it failed to be made, the film is a love letter to audacious creativity, the drive to see one’s vision come to fruition, and an almost messianic fervor to get the right people involved because of their own creative gifts. Central to the documentary is the filmmaker’s 2010 interview with Jodorowski, madman or genius, specifically for the film. The guy is whacked. I loved him.
Most interestingly is the “book” they finished, all the concept art, costuming, character design, and story boards, which the film lovingly shows off during the feature. You have to see it to believe it.
I don’t want to give anything more away; as practitioners or lovers of film, literature, or art, or anyone who liked Dune, I leave it to the viewer to bring their own perspective--but expect to have your mind blown. It’s on Blu-Ray and cost me less than a couple stiff drinks. I can’t recommend Jodorowski’s Dune highly enough.