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1,133 Ratings

Jodorowsky's Dune

Directed by Frank Pavich
United States, 2013
Documentary, Sci-Fi


This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (El Topo) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune.

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Jodorowsky's Dune Directed by Frank Pavich
[Jodorowsky’s] stories feature an impressive roster of would-be collaborators (Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, H.R. Geiger, and Pink Floyd), and some of the set pieces he describes sound pretty neat. But if you’re not a Jodorowsky fan, this probably won’t register as more than a collection of amusing anecdotes.
March 26, 2014
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Although this documentary’s own sense of invention doesn’t rise to the level of its magnificently loopy subject, it’s still an engaging work: a testament to the charisma of Jodorowsky and the enduring power of his message, which resonates beyond the confines of sci-fi geekery. “Jodorowsky’s Dune” has something to teach us about success and failure, and the unearned power that we grant those words in our own lives.
March 25, 2014
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A fascinating and depressing documentary about a visionary director and his impossible dream… The documentary, by Frank Pavich, is an engaging and poignant portrait of Jodorowsky, now eighty-five, whose exuberant, cantankerous, and philosophical presence sets the tone. But the great reveal—the peculiarly potent influence that Jodorowsky’s unmade film seems to have had on the Hollywood mainstream—makes the intricate tale of might-have-beens all the more infuriating.
March 24, 2014
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