In 1975, following the success of his wild cult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger (who later designed the nightmarish look of Ridley Scott’s Alien) and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel Dune was poised to change cinema forever. For two years, Jodo and his team of “spiritual warriors” worked night and day on the massive task of creating the fabulous world of Dune: over 3,000 storyboards, numerous paintings, incredible costumes, and an outrageous, moving and powerful script. In the words of Jodorowsky’s producer, Michel Seydoux, “It should have been enough. But it wasn’t.” Through interviews with legends and luminaries including Giger, Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director of Drive), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky himself filmed over the course of three years, director Frank Pavich’s film – featuring never-before-seen realizations of Jodo’s mind- blowing psychedelic space opera – finally unearths the full, unbelievable saga of the Dune that never was.
Tucson: Sept. 27 at The Loft Cinema.