In 1973, Chilean-French cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky was asked by French producer Michel Seydoux what film he wanted to make next. Jodorowsky said Frank Herbert's book, Dune without having read it. What follows is two years of development that involves the collaboration of artists, (H.R. Giger, Christopher Foss, Jean (Mobius) Giraud) musicians (Pink Floyd, Magma) and special effects creators (Dan O'Bannon) that results in ideas and concepts that are still being seen today in science fiction movies.
For a movie that was never made, Jodorowsky's Dune has a lasting impact. This documentary opens up the thoughts and inspirations of the men involved in the project as they look back on their youth, their creative impulses of the time and the dreams they have about the power of art as transformative medium. Jodorowsky has a certain cinematic style that I am not a huge fan of, but his vision and drive for this project makes the movie that he did not make the most important cinematic legacy he has. It is interesting to see how the project is felled by the lack of commerciality and the fear of the unknown in Hollywood, and it is especially fascinating to track how these original ideas filtered into Hollywood science fiction films over the next 30 years. Imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery. This is a documentary for the cinefiles, science fiction fans and lovers of that inspirational and original idea.