by Drew Tewksbury.
Sometimes you have to destroy to create. The films of psychedelic auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky are legendary. His 1970 surrealist western El Topo, the otherworldly Holy Mountain (1973), and carnival horrorshow Santa Sangre were art house cinema favorites and became cult classics in the years to follow. In recent years, the Chilean director’s films have re-emerged as artistic touchstones for many filmmakers, musicians, and artists who looked to his unfiltered originality and almost maniacal persona as an inspiration.
But one film evaded even Jodorowsky’s masterful and nearly dictatorial vision: Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, Dune. The new documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune is a fascinating exploration of the failed production of the epic film, showcasing the creative, financial, and logistical intricacies of film-making, while capturing the brilliant eccentricities of the visionary director’s imagination.
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