A documentary about the greatest movie never made.
Directed by Frank Pavich, JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a feature-length documentary about cinema's greatest epic... that never was.
Its World Premiere was at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was one of the Best Reviewed Films of 2014. The film has won Numerous Awards and was Short-Listed for a Best Documentary Oscar.
Alejandro Jodorowsky's daring and psychedelic films of the early 1970's, EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, cemented his status as the Godfather of the Midnight Movie.
In 1974, he began work on his next film, possibly the most ambitious film ever attempted. In the pre-STAR WARS era, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever.
His DUNE would star Brontis Jodorowsky, Alejandro's own 12 year old son, alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and even Salvador Dali. The team of assembled visual artists were some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud. The groundbreaking special effects were under the control of Dan O'Bannon and the soundtrack would be created by Pink Floyd and the French prog-rock masters, Magma.
“For me, Dune will be the coming of a god.
I wanted to make something sacred, free,
with new perspective. Open the mind!”
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. In order to secure the necessary Hollywood funding, they created over 3,000 storyboards, numerous paintings, incredible costumes, and an outrageous, moving, and powerful screenplay.
In the words of Jodorowsky’s producer, Michel Seydoux, “It should have been enough. But it wasn’t.”
“In that time, I say, if I need to cut my arms
in order to make that picture, I will cut my arms!
I was even ready to die doing that.”
Through intimate and honest conversations with Jodorowsky, filmed over the span of three years, plus interviews with legends and luminaries including H.R. Giger (artist, ALIEN), Gary Kurtz (producer, STAR WARS) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, DRIVE and THE NEON DEMON), as well as never-before-seen realizations of Jodo’s mind-blowing psychedelic space opera, director Pavich's film finally unearths the full saga of 'THE GREATEST MOVIE NEVER MADE'.
How to Watch the Film
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
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Distributed by Mongrel Media
Distributed by Nour Films
L'officiel des Spectacles (occasionally still in Paris)
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Special Edition: Blu-Ray / DVD / book (region B/2)
Distributed by Uplink
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Blu Ray Box Set : Jodorowsky's Dune + The Dance of Reality (region A)
Distributed by Buena Vista International
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The documentary's much-heralded analog score was created by first-time film composer Kurt Stenzel. Here's an interview with Stenzel along with samples of his amazing and otherworldly DUNE soundscape.
A 33-track Double LP and CD version of the soundtrack was released by Light in the Attic Records and features original artwork by Nick Stewart Hoyle.
Digital Copies of the soundtrack are available at:
Amazon, iTunes, Light in the Attic
DIRECTOR -- Frank Pavich
PRODUCERS -- Frank Pavich, Stephen Scarlata, Travis Stevens
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER -- Donald Rosenfeld
CO-PRODUCER -- Michel Seydoux
EDITORS -- Alex Ricciardi, Paul Docherty
CINEMATOGRAPHER -- David Cavallo
COMPOSER -- Kurt Stenzel
ANIMATOR -- Syd Garon
PRODUCTION AUDIO SUPERVISOR -- Damon Cook
SOUND DESIGNER -- Jesse Flower-Ambroch