A documentary about the greatest movie never made.
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 working on possibly the most ambitious film ever attempted — a feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s DUNE. Jodorowsky was making not only a film, but "a prophet". His end goal was to "change the world".
Alejandro's DUNE would star his own 12 year old son, Brontis Jodorowsky, alongside a cast to include 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 the mighty Pink Floyd and French prog-rock masters, Magma.
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.”
“I believe that people didn't do this film in America because they were scared of him.
They were afraid of his imagination, they were afraid of his mind
and they were afraid of what it was going to do to them."
- Nicolas Winding Refn
The documentary of this wonderful story premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It was one of the Best Reviewed Films of 2014, it won Numerous Awards and was even short-listed for a Best Documentary Oscar.
HOW TO LISTEN
The Soundtrack (Light in the Attic Records)
The documentary's much-heralded analog score was created by first-time film composer Kurt Stenzel. A gorgeous 33-track Double LP was released as Cinewax 806 and features original artwork by Nick Stewart Hoyle.
Here's an interview with composer Kurt Stenzel along with samples of his otherworldly DUNE soundscape.
Colored Vinyl (out of print)
Light in the Attic
Amazon, Apple Music, Light in the Attic
HOW TO WATCH
United States (Sony Pictures Classics)
Canada (Mongrel Media)
Blu-Ray / DVD (region A/1) – US
Blu-Ray / DVD (region A/1) – Canada
Digital – US
Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, Vudu
Digital – Canada
France (Nour Films)
Physical Media (Blaq Out)
Special Edition: Blu-Ray / DVD / book (region B/2)
Arte, iTunes, Orange
L'officiel des Spectacles
Blu Ray (region A)
Blu Ray Box Set : Jodorowsky's Dune + The Dance of Reality (region A)
DVD (region 2)
Amazon Prime Video, Aoyama, dTV, Google Play, iTunes, Rakuten, Uplink Cloud, VideoMarket
Italy (Valmyn & Wanted)
In cinemas (Sept 2021)
Physical Media (January 2022)
Special Edition Blu-Ray – limited to 1000 copies (region B)
Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft Store, MovieAus, Quickflix, Sony Playstation Store
Amazon Prime Video, iTunes
Scandinavia (Blockbuster On Demand)
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
iTunes (World Sites)
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Guatemala, Greece, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
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The recent purchase of one of the Jodorowsky's Dune storyboard books has opened our eyes to the world of crypto currency. Check out episode 39 of the Filmumentaries podcast for an interview with the man behind the $3,000,000 winning bid (as well as JODOROWSKY'S DUNE director Frank Pavich).
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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
© Frank Pavich 2020–2022