In the mid seventies, surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who had great success in creating the idea of midnight movies with El Topo and The Holy Mountain, began work on his most ambitious film project yet, an adaption of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel Dune. Assembling a team of artists such as Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, Salvador Dali, HR Giger, etc., Jodorowsky aimed to create a film that would change the world, though his artist ambitions would ultimately fail under the capitalist driven movie industry. Frank Pavich's Jodorowsky's Dune gives a detailed look into the making of one of the most celebrated films to never actually be made. The style of the documentary is rather generic, consisting almost entirely of talking heads, but Alejandro Jodorowsky is such a fascinating man that I barely cared. Jodorowsky's Dune captures the constant tug-and-pull between art and commerce as it pertains to filmmaking, with Jodorowsky himself being a man that simply dreams of being able to put what's in his mind on celluloid no matter what the cost. At its core, Jodorowsky's Dune is a film about the creative process of filmmaking, capturing the working style of an enigmatic artist in Jodorowsky who frankly lives on a different plane of consciousness from most of us. Dune is a film that was never made, but the ripples of this collaborative process have been incredibly influential in dozens of films since. This is what I found most fascinating about the whole film, the idea that in creating art, sometimes your biggest perceived failures can in actuality become your greatest successes.
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