JODOROWKY’S DUNE is filled with all of these. The documentary directed by Frank Pavich explores the film that never was, but still managed to influence and even sculpt the following decades of popular cinema after the project itself had collapsed.
For me, watching and listening to Alejandro Jodorowsky talk about why he wanted to make a film of DUNE, to see the amazing and influential group of talent he put together to create this potentially ground-breaking cinematic experience, to see his commitment and fervor and uncompromising vision play out, to see him tell this story, still passionate all these years later… It’s inspiring. It’s contagious.
To relive the film falling apart and being made by others is painful, familiar and despairing. To see what rose from the ashes of that experience is downright uplifting. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s DUNE may not have been completed, but so much grew out of the experience and the passion behind it that it could not be squelched. It had and STILL has a life of its own.
Every second of JODOROWKY’S DUNE is energized. All the participants who were a part of the film’s making share with us — from the very cores of their souls — their immense creative journey together. If you love film and filmmaking, if you love art and artists, if you believe in the journey of self-expression, of taking risks, of reaching for the stars… Then this film may be your new bible.