A making-of special about a film that was never made, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” details the mid-1970s efforts of the Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky to translate Frank Herbert’s extravagant science fiction novel “Dune” to the big screen. “Big” being the operative word. “For me, ‘Dune’ will be the coming of a god,” recalls Mr. Jodorowsky, the very picture of a man who doesn’t easily adopt the mantle of failed midwife. Capitalizing on his subject’s mobile face, authoritative voice and glorious ego, Frank Pavich directs by ceding the stage to their owner, a handsome devil of 85 who remains convinced of the would-have-been magnificence of his forcibly abandoned project. Yet one of this film’s many delights is its surprising lack of bitterness. (Perhaps because Mr. Jodorowsky, when he finally got around to seeing David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation, was relieved to pronounce it “awful.”) Widely credited with creating the original midnight movie in the bizarre “El Topo” (1971), he’s a natural raconteur who may liken himself to a prophet but is no slouch at identifying offbeat talent. —
“Jodorowsky’s Dune” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Drugs are mentioned, and a gargantuan ego is exposed.
May 2 is opening night - buy tickets online (the day of the movie). Free parking is available in the lot behind the cinema.
View the trailer here.
Film Review by Jeanette Catsoulis