Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky’s Dune

A film by Frank Pavich
Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

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, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune – and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. Even though the project exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and as the hundreds of illustrations they left behind, Pavich’s documentary chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films that came after it, from STAR WARS to ALIEN to countless more. This is an inspirational story about the power of the creative spirit, one that establishes Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time.

 

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Languages
English, French, German, Spanish
Running Time
90 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
9:30pm
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm
Monday, Apr 21, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm
Friday, Apr 18, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
9:30pm · 7:20pm · 5:20pm
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
9:30pm · 5:20pm
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014
9:30pm · 7:20pm · 5:20pm
Monday, Apr 14, 2014
9:30pm · 7:20pm · 5:20pm
Sunday, Apr 13, 2014
9:30pm · 7:20pm · 5:20pm · 3:20pm
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014
9:30pm · 7:20pm · 5:20pm · 3:20pm
Friday, Apr 11, 2014
9:30pm · 7:20pm · 5:20pm · 3:20pm
Thursday, Apr 10, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm · 5:30pm
Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014
9:30pm · 5:30pm
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm · 5:30pm
Monday, Apr 7, 2014
9:30pm · 5:30pm
Sunday, Apr 6, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm · 5:30pm · 3:30pm · 1:35pm
Saturday, Apr 5, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm · 5:30pm · 3:30pm · 1:35pm
Friday, Apr 4, 2014
9:30pm · 7:30pm · 5:30pm · 3:30pm · 1:35pm
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Monday, Mar 31, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Sunday, Mar 30, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm · 2:40pm
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm · 2:40pm
Friday, Mar 28, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm · 2:40pm

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