Jodorowsky's Dune

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USA | 2014 | 88 Minutes | Frank Pavich

May 2 - 14, 2014

In 1975, visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) began work on an epic adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel "Dune" with a group of collaborators that included Pink Floyd, HR Giger, Salvador Dali, and Orson Welles. It would become 'The Greatest Movie Never Made.'

In the early 1970s Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's psychedelic films defined the cult classic and launched the midnight movie phenomenon. Then he planned his most ambitious project yet, which he described as "the cinematic equivalent of a hit of LSD", an epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel "Dune".

Starring his 12-year-old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, the film was to feature music by Pink Floyd, and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud. Over the next two years, Jodorowsky and his team created over 3,000 storyboards, incredible costumes, and an outrageous, moving and powerful script. It was poised to change cinema forever. Then it all fell apart.

"The giddiest, most inspiring movie about moviemaking since Ed Wood." - Paul Constant, The Stranger

"We may never know if the midnight movie maestro's Dune would have been a game- changer or a head-scratcher. (Or both.) But the documentary about it is speculative catnip for cineastes of all stripes." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

  • Director: Frank Pavich
  • Principal Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H. R. Giger, Chris Foss, Nicolas Winding Refn, Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 88 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics