Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jodorowsky's Dune

In 1965 Frank Herbert authored Dune, a groundbreaking, epic length science fiction novel which was adapted into a purportedly dreadful film by David Lynch in 1984. However, throughout the 1970s, surrealist Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (Santa Sangre, El Topo) went to monumental lengths in an ultimately failed attempt to adapt Herbert's book. Jodorowsky's Dune follows the director as he takes us through the frustrating and often comical adaptation process. Frank Pavich's documentary is compellingly presented with its subject coming off as intriguing, silly, and vain, but perhaps may have only a passing interest for someone with little or no familiarity (such as myself) with the roundly praised book.
*** out of ****