Frank Pavich’s latest documentary feature, Jodorowsky’s Dune, is the one of the most fascinating films that I have seen all year, and one that I am likely to revisit time and time again.
The film chronicles Jodorowsky’s ill-fated attempt to Bring Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic to the big screen. Throughout the film, we are treated to several interviews from several Jodorowsky fans – including Nicholas Winding Refn and Richard Stanley – as well as H.R. Giger and producer, Michel Seydoux – as they take us through Jodorowsky’s unapologetically unique vision of a film that never was. Jodorowsky himself even shows up for the majority of the film in very raw segments, which display his passion for the project, as well as his anger at having been rejected by the major Hollywood studios who didn’t know how to handle his surrealist tendencies.
In some of the most breathtaking segments of this documentary, we are taken scene by scene through some of the storyboards, which have been animated in order to give us an idea of the science fiction classic that could have been. Watching these scenes will prove to be both awe-inspiring and bittersweet for Jodorowsky fans, if only because we are now aware of what a gargantuan and beautiful missed opportunity this was. Alejandro Jodorowsky reveals himself to be a true artist in every sense of the word, saying at one point that he would have given his life for this project. It is rare to find an artist in this day and time that is so incredibly dedicated to his craft. His love for the art of film is infectious.
This is a film that should not be missed, especially among film buffs.
Jodorowsky’s Dune premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year, along with Jodorowsky’s first film in twenty years, The Dance of Reality. Sony Pictures Classics will release the Blu-ray/DVD combo of Jodorowsky’s Dune on July 8, 2014.