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by Max O'Connell
February 13, 2014 5:12 PM
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Watch: Trailer for 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Gives a Peek of One of the Craziest Movies Ever Proposed

At one point during the new trailer for "Jodorowsky's Dune," Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky refers to his old passion project as "a film that gives LSD hallucinations — without taking LSD ... to change the young minds of all the world." Given that this could easily describe most of Jodorowsky's films, it's a shame it never got made. But Frank Pavich's documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" offers the next best thing: a look at what might have been.

There are plenty of unrealized films that cinephiles would love to have seen made, but few more bizarre or more fascinating than Jodorowsky's version of Frank Herbert's masterpiece "Dune." The cult director behind "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" had a wild vision planned: designs by H.R. Giger, music by Pink Floyd, and cast that would have included Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali, among others.

The film was never made – it was too expensive, and perhaps a bit too nuts for a studio to fund (though David Lynch's messy version wasn't much more accessible) – but aspects of the project's designs would go on to influence "Alien" and "Blade Runner," among other projects. Including interviews from Jodorowsky, producer Michel Seydoux, and noted fans like Nicolas Winding Refn, the documentary has been a big hit on the festival circuit since its debut at Cannes last year. The film finally hits the U.S. March 7.

5 Comments

  • maddog | February 21, 2014 3:14 AMReply

    Glad to see someone with some Common Sense not speaking of the Jodorowsky Dune movie as possibly the Greatest Film never Filmed.

    The guy had not even read the damn book and people act like this low budget foreign abstract art house director was the Lost Ark of what could have been.

    Lynch(no stranger to crazY) at least put up a watchable version, This guy might have had people drinking dog piss and the NY Times calling it "Pure Art"

    The Dude was on more then just natural LSD(that's for sure)

  • alexandre moors | February 16, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    no mention of master artist Moebius (aka Jean Giraud) who designed all costumes and story board?

  • Jason F | February 16, 2014 12:30 AMReply

    Why was it "One of the Craziest Movies Ever Proposed" if David Lynch made it a few years later?

  • rocolo14 | February 14, 2014 2:29 AMReply

    Indie wire never allows to play videos on mobile mode. ..

  • jeremyw | February 13, 2014 9:50 PMReply

    besides seeing the movie, where can I get that giant "Dune" bible he was looking through?!