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 its the search of the human soul… as painting, as literature, as poetry. Movies are that for me.
Alehandro Jodorovski (Alejandro Jodorowsky) is a specific person not only in the world of cinematography, but in the entire world art in general. First of all, known for his avangardnim cult films (El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Holy blood), Mr. Jodorovski is also a writer, musician, poet, comic artist, spiritual guru and who knows what else. Highly valued and respected in the world of art, this man always causes controversy, above all with his thoughts and attitudes about art, which were, and still are, far ahead of his time.
This documentary, which he signs Frank Pavich In addition to a brief overview of Yodorovsky’s work, he also deals with his attempts to screen Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel with a select team of people who are recognized in their fields during the 1970s. Dune (Dina). This endeavor, which was great in itself, was so comprehensive and expensive thanks to Yodorovski’s perfectionism that it literally drove all production companies away from them. This is the story of a failed project that many consider the best film ever made. In this documentary, Pavic interviews Jodorovski, but also a team of people who took part in the filming of this novel.
You don’t need to be a film expert to be aware of how much of a project it is after watching this documentary Dune could have influenced world cinema had it been filmed. During the promotion of the project, numerous film studios received a collection of sketches, drawings and projects related to the visual characteristics of the novel’s screenplay, and you don’t have to be a fan of conspiracy theories to see how much influence it had on sci-fi films. Pavic dwells not only on conversations, but also through historical facts, archival footage and photographs, as well as through animations of what the film might look like, giving a comprehensive impression of this failed project.
Except for the story about the film adaptation of the novel Dune, the author through an interview with Jodorovski gives an insight into what kind of person this man is, we have the opportunity to hear his views on art, movies, religion. We understand that he, like most specific artists, is a great egocentric, but with the will to provide the world of film with something new in his later years. Not everyone can like his works, they are certainly not intended for a wide audience, but no one can deny that Mr. Jodorovski is innovative and unique in what he does. It is really an experience to see a man born in 1929 talk about this project and the film in general with so much zeal and enthusiasm.
Aside from, Jodorowsky’s Dune represents a sharp critique of the modern film industry, whose profit is far ahead of the need to make art films (if that need exists at all). The fact is that Yodorovski drove away the people who could finance this project with the controversies that followed him (unstable personality, films far exceed the planned budget, unprofessional work), but it is also a fact that he is with his ego that even went so far as to is a condition for making a film Dune was to last fifteen hours (you read that right) showed that he does not want anyone to interfere in his work, and it is known that production companies insist that they have everything under control.
It is in the conflict between the ego and the people who have money that the ego has lost, and that is one of the reasons why the screenplay script has been on the shelves of his apartment for a good forty years. Many are of the opinion that Dina is too big for a movie, that an epic of that level simply cannot be turned into a couple of hours of fun, that even a series would not be enough. Lynch’s attempt from 1984 is hopelessly bad precisely because of that, and on December 18, a version signed by Danny Villeneuve arrives, and it is certainly one of the most anticipated films this year.
Jodorowsky’s Dune is an honest confession of a specific filmmaker with excellent technical solutions and a large number of topics he deals with – every fan of film as an art must watch this documentary.
You needed a touch of madness to do it. You can’t have a masterpiece without madness. Pink Floyd? Dali or Orson Welles or others! Maybe Dune had too much madness? But a movie that doesn’t have a bit of madness is not going to conquer the whole world.
my final grade: 10/10