Jodorowsky’s Dune

July 27 2014

Probably you know Frank Herbert’s science-fiction epos Dune or David Lynch’s adaptation from 1984. It’s one of my favorite movies but compared to Jodorowsky’s version it can only be considered a fail. Unfortunately this movie never made it into existence. Jodorowsky’s uncompromising approach was just so over the top, so surreal, just too scary to an industry like Hollywood. Read his words below to understand the scale of his ambition.

To me this documentary about the greatest science fiction epic never made isn’t so much about how this film would have looked but rather about Jodorowsky’s way of doing it. He was not just an ambitious director, he was a guru gathering “spiritual warriors” to change the world. And the most talented artists at that time followed his call: Moebius, HR Giger, Chris Foss, Dan O’Bannon, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles and Pink Floyd, just to name a few.

Hurry and watch the film below as long as it’s on vimeo.

The sleeper must awaken!

What is the goal of the life?
It’s to create yourself a soul.
For me, movies are an art, more than an industry.
And it’s the search of the human soul, as painting, as literature, as poetry. Movies are that for me.

I wanted to make a film that would give the people who took LSD at that time the hallucinations that you get with that drug, but without hallucinating. I did not want LSD to be taken, I wanted to fabricate the drug’s effects. This film was going to change the public’s perceptions.

My ambition with Dune was tremendous. So, what I wanted was to create a prophet. To change the young minds of all the world. For me, Dune will be the coming of a god. Artistical, cinematographical god. For me, it was not to make a picture. It was something deeper. I wanted to make something sacred, free, with new perspective. Open the mind! Because I feel, in that time, myself, inside a prison. My ego, my intellect, I want to open! And I start the fight to make Dune.
Alejandro Jodorowsky