JODOROWSKY’S DUNE: CREEP YOURSELF OUT AND SEE H.R. GIGER IN A DOCUMENTARY
So the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune ultimately has very little to due with H.R. Giger, but man, take it from personal experience – any chance you get where you can see and hear that guy talk is a major trip and a totally worthwhile adventure. The movie is actually about Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, chronicling his unfortunately failed attempt to bring the Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic Dune to the big screen in 1975. It’s a wild story filled with some pretty famous characters – Giger, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Salvador Dali included – and grants a fascinating look into what went into trying to make a pre-Star Wars grand space film driven by hopes and hard work of intensely dedicated filmmakers.
The documentary is great for fans of Dune, science fiction, Jodorowsky (whose previous works I definitely recommend looking into if you’re interested in psychedelic, semi-pornographical think-pieces), or the artistic process in general. It interviews all the different aspects of production that Jodorowsky brought together to try and make his vision happen, and follows him as his passion project quickly disintegrates before his eyes.
Undoubtedly one of the best scenes of the movie is watching Jodorowsky’s glee as he recounts how terrible David Lynch’s adaptation of Dune turned out to be. There’s nothing quite like seeing your successor fail so miserably at the job you were fired from.