I watched this film over the weekend and it blew me away. The documentary looks at the ultimately failed production of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘Dune’ in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I’m a big fan of the ‘Dune’ series of novels and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s films are some of my favourites. It’s a really insightful look behind the scenes of one of Jodorowsky’s productions and to hear him talk about his work and the unfettered creativity that comes with it is incredibly inspiring. His stories of assembling the production team and the trials involved had me laughing throughout.
Members of Jodorowsky’s team ended up working on and creating a whole bunch of incredible projects which were some of the greatest science fiction films ever and influenced many more. The team included Mœbius who contributed to ALIEN, TRON, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, STAR WARS V and one of the greatest sci-fi animations LES MAITRES DU TEMPS (THE MASTERS OF TIME) with René Laloux. He also started Métal Hurlant magazine which became HEAVY METAL for english speaking audiences and he created influential sci-fi comic L’INCAL with Jodorowsky. Chris Foss worked on SUPERMAN (1978), ALIEN and FLASH GORDON. Dan O’Bannon who worked on DARK STAR (1974 before DUNE), ALIEN, STAR WARS, HEAVY METAL and TOTAL RECALL (1990). H.R Giger who worked on the ALIEN quadrilogy, SPECIES and many other. Suffice to say that these films themselves spawned and influenced many others.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE is an insight into a lost gem of science fiction. I recommend it if you’re a budding filmmaker, comic artist or science fiction fan.