Jodorowsky’s Dune it’s a documentary which narrates the director’s epic feat Alejandro Jodorowsky, the first to attempt the making of a film adaptation of the science fiction novel Dune: a project as grandiose as it is cursed, that never saw the light.
Jodorowsky’s Dune, what is it about?
“In 1975, after the success of El Topo and La Montagna sacra, Alejandro Jodorowsky was the most sought-after intellectual filmmaker in the world, he had carte blanche and what he wanted was to accomplish the most important film in the history of cinema, drawing inspiration from the novels of the saga of Dune from Frank Herbert. His Dune it had to be a revolutionary film able to change the mentality of the younger generations by providing new models of reference. To do this, the director involved an incredible team that included the designers H.R. Giger, Moebius e Chris Foss, as well as the special effects expert Dan O’Bannon, the music of Pink Floyd and actors like David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalì e Orson Welles“.
This is the official synopsis from Jodorowsky’s Dune, documentary released in 2013 directed by Frank Pavich on the titanic enterprise of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Valmyn e Wanted Cinema they released the official trailer of the documentary, which will arrive in Italian cinemas next September 6, after a series of previews that will start on August 26th.
Dune, the unfinished project by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean director best known for his extremely visionary films become real cult, such as The mole e The sacred mountain, he was the first director to think of dealing with the film adaptation of one of the most famous science fiction novels in the world, Dune, from Frank Herbert.
The idea was to create a colossal that would resume thepsychedelic aesthetics of the seventies, characteristic of his previous works. It would have been a mammoth undertaking, taking into account the great difficulties of realization also due to the technologies of the time, which certainly would have partially prevented the realization of those visionary ideas so dear to the director. Further problems were also linked to the production, in fact no Hollywood producer had faith in the great project of Jodorowsky. These are some of the reasons why the Dune from Alejandro Jodorowsky never saw the light, and many more will be explained in the documentary.
Jodorowsky’s Dune is a documentary that narrates the epic and the background behind the famous unfinished film. The facts are partly narrated by the same Alejandro Jodorowsky, with anecdotes and memories. The narration also takes place by means of original preparatory animations and illustrations of the film, accomplices i great artists behind the immense project. The storyboard was designed by the then little-known French cartoonist Jean “Moebius” Giraud, the script was written by Dan O’Bannon, best known for the script of Alien. The artist was also involved H.R. Giger, also he then worked on Alien, and the science fiction illustrator Chris Foss.
It is said that the visionary project of Jodorowsky remained imprinted in the collective imagination, so much so as to influence numerous subsequent titles, including the same Star Wars. After all, these are not mere rumors: the artists involved in the making of Dune have indeed recycled some ideas for later work, including own Star Wars e Alien. Although the film was never made, Jodorowsky he partially managed to realize his idea and, in collaboration with the cartoonist Jean “Moebius” Giraud, gave life to the comic masterpiece of the cycle de L’Incal (space opera that you can buy on Amazon clicking who).
Dune, subsequent adaptations
The famous novel by Frank Herbert was source of inspiration for numerous authors. Dune has had sequels and prequels, signed by both himself Frank Herbert than from the son Brian, it has also become a video game and board game. In addition to the idea of Jodorowsky, then transposed into the comic L‘Incal, Dune was the subject of a series of film adaptations.
First of all, we remember Dune from David Lynch, 1984 film now considered a real cult, but at the time it was a total failure at the box office, judged heavy and by incomprehensible script, accomplices i heavy cuts made from production to the final product, to limit its duration. The script was written by Lynch and from the same Frank Herbert, author of the novel. It was the first science fiction film for David Lynch, emerging director at the time, best known for The Elephant Man. The director had previously refused the direction of Return of the Jedi, third episode of the original saga of Star Wars.
Lynch he had never dealt with a production of that size: three years to study the look together with the set designer Anthony Masters (2001: A Space Odyssey); a year of shooting in the studios in Mexico City with four different crews in 75 sets with over 600 people; six months of shooting with the actors and six months of post-production for special effects. With a budget of around $ 45 million, Dune it was one of the most expensive science fiction productions in the history of cinema until then.
In 2000 and 2003, two television miniseries were released, produced for the US TV Sci-Fi Channel: Dune – The fate of the universe e The children of Dune.
This year it is finally the turn of Denis Villeneuve: his adaptation of Dune will be presented to 78th Venice Film Festival. The cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson e Oscar Isaac. Expectations for the film are very high but we will have to wait until September 16th to be able to talk about it! In the meantime, we can see Jodorowsky’s Dune, documentary at Cinema from September 6.