David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of revered sci-fi novel Dune was not his finest hour. But those B-movie explosions could have been replaced by something both surreal and visceral had midnight-movie maestro Alejandro Jodorowsky directed the story a decade earlier. Jodorowsky’s Dune tells the story of the failed production, which gained serious traction in the mid-’70s on the heels of Jodorowsky’s seminal Holy Mountain. Jodorowsky’s vision was stunning but bloated, which comes out in interviews with the spiritual director and his cast. Excitement gives way to fiasco as H.R. Giger, Pink Floyd, Orson Welles and Salvador Dalí are all recruited to the project, while the demands and the budget climb. Welles requests a personal chef from a popular Parisian restaurant; Dalí asks to be the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. The film is as much about the man as it is the film, portraying Jodorowsky as a relentless, Leary-esque visionary. “I did not want LSD to be taken,” he says of his overall plan, in a thick Chilean accent. “I wanted to fabricate the drug’s effects, even in the little details.” For those uninitiated to Jodorowsky’s brand of surrealism, Jodorowsky’s Dune will wonder and amuse. For his fans, this a chance to delight in the psychedelic mastermind and what could have been his masterpiece.
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- Release Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Critic's Score: A
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