He has been called surreal, a visionary, as well as cinema’s shaman of psychedelia. He has also been considered a mad genius and bonkers. But in 1974, Alejandro Jodorwosky, the man behind the hallucinatory El Topo and Holy Mountain, took on what could have been one of the greatest sci-fi cult epics of all time, Frank Herbert’s Dune, with a cast and creative team that blows the mind. Frank Pavich’s mesmeric documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE tells one of the legendary “what if” stories of lost Hollywood cinema and gives a pretty far-out peek into what could have been.
“I wanted to do a movie that would give the people who took LSD at that time the hallucinations that you get with the drug, but without hallucinating,” states Jodorowsky in the film. “I did not want LSD to be taken, I wanted to fabricate the drug’s effects. I wanted to create a prophet to change the young minds of the world. Dune would be the coming of an artistic, cinematical god.”
Paul Salfen for Inside Entertainment Video Editor: ChrisThompson, AMFM Magazine