This one would’ve made my “best of” list had I seen it about a week earlier. This is not just for fans of Alejandro Jodorowsky, of Dune, of David Lynch, etc, but also for those curious of the filmmaking process.
Frank Pavich’s film is about Jodorowsky’s famous failed attempt to adapt Dune, prior to David Lynch’s version in 1984. It’s full of awesomeness, including interviews with the likes of H.R. Giger (what a voice!)-
-and great pre-production stills:
Some of the concept art and storyboards are not simply beautiful, they’re inspiring. The amount of work that went into this thing even prior to funding is astounding. Check some of these out:
Jodorowsky is quite the speaker-
-and his magnetic personality – full of tall tales, hubris, and humility – carries the film. If you like your gossip and throw-back characters this film has them all. Apparently the cast was to include David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Orson Welles. A recipe for disaster? Maybe. But also brilliant to imagine. Dali’s absurd requests will likely make you either love him or hate him more than you already do.