I watched this 2013 documentary…
Few entries below, I mentioned an 80’s film called Dune that I watched when I was a kid.
Dune was like a cheapest version of Star Wars when it comes to special effects. Less grandiose, less memorable, messy and awful to many, but it’s a science fiction classic despite it’s failure and bad reviews.
Dune was based on the 1965 Frank Herbert epic novel of the same name.
Attempts to adapt Dune as a film began as early as 1971 but since the project was too complex and ambitious, in the end the rights were sold to Dino De Laurentiis and in 1981 he hired director David Lynch (whom never read the book or known the story, only the script) to deliver a confusing and basic version of the novel.
The young directors left out of Dune were Arthur P. Jacobs, Ridley Scott, and Chilean visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Ridley Scott is now a legend, and Jodorowsky an iconic GENIUS!
Jodorowsky is a consumed artist… He’s a poet, a writer, an actor, director, a cartoonist, a rebel, a revolutionary, a surrealist, an extravagant, a cult. Jodorowsky to art is god!
This documentary is about how Dune could have been under Jodorowsky’s, which is nothing less than sensational!
Jodorowsky was extremely passionate about Dune, it was his life dream, his bible, his mission and his vivid mind created something beyond anything that was done at that time… and that was the problem.
It was too over-the-top for Hollywood, and he was unable to get funding for the film.
Jodorowsky’s Dune could have been the biggest achievement in sci-fi.
Although his version of the film never reached production, the work that Jodorowsky and his team (including the now famous HR Giger, Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud and Dan O’Bannon) put into Dune did have a significant impact on subsequent science-fiction films.
For instance, many visual references from Jodorowsky were used in the original Star Wars (1977,) Flash Gordon, The Terminator, Matrix, and of course Alien (1979) and Prometheus.
In other words, many classic science fiction films took something from Jodorowsky’s creativity.
“Try! If you fail it’s not important. We need to try”
Book and sci-fi lovers, do not miss it. The documentary is both an entertaining portrait of a unique pop-culture endeavour and an ebullient salute to the creative spirit.
One word: EXTRAORDINARY!