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Interview: Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks 'The Dance Of Reality,' His Belated Return To Cinema, 'Iron Man 3' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 26, 2014 11:30 AM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
No matter what you think of his movies, it’s hard to deny that Alejandro Jodorowsky is a living legend. This is a man whose beautiful, dreamily surreal films helped usher in the popularity of the midnight movie (with things like “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain”) and whose visionary work has inspired a whole generation of filmmakers, artists, and technicians (as exemplified in this year’s wonderful documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” about his failed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert’s sci-fi odyssey for the big screen). His newest film, “Dance of Reality,” is the Chilean director’s most personal work to date, a luminous coming-of-age tale inspired by Jodorowsky’s own autobiography and starring members of his family.

The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune Poster
The grass is always greener on the other side. We always covet what we can never attain. Last week, Sony Pictures Classics' must-see documentary “Jodorowsky's Dune” opened in limited release; director Frank Pavich's funny, affectionate tale of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert's indispensable sci-fi classic for the big screen (our review). So ambitious and grand—legends like Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger, Mœbius, VFX wizard Dan O'Bannon, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles were some of the names mooted to be involved—perhaps Jodorowsky’s version was so insane it never could have really happened, or perhaps if it had, it would have been a epic fail (indeed David Lynch's version, which would eventually bring the story to the big screen in 1984, was one of that visionary director's biggest stumbles, even according to Lynch himself).

Interview: Alejandro Jodorowsky Reveals How His 'Dune' Inspired 'Alien' & Challenges With Getting Script Published

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2014 4:22 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
Frank Pavich's "Jodorowsky's Dune," opening this week in limited release, is a documentary that, for film freaks at least, is something close to miraculous (read our review). It's a detailed, first-hand account of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejando Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's influential sci-fi novel "Dune" to the big screen (years before David Lynch "succeeded" in making a movie out of the difficult material). At one point Jodorowsky explains that he wanted to create the experience of a psychedelic trip… without the drugs. What could have possibly gone wrong? We got to sit down with Jodorowsky at South by Southwest, and while we mostly talked about his new film "Dance of Reality" (out in May—read our review), we were able to squeeze in a few questions about "Dune."

Review: Sci-fi And Creative Passion Celebrated In 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 18, 2014 6:33 PM
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"How the hell did this not happen?" is the question that trembled in our brain after we watched Frank Pavich's riotous yet loving and meticulous documentary about one of cinema's greatest what-if stories: the white whale that is Alejandro Jodorowsky's version of Frank Herbert's sine qua non sci-fi classic "Dune." It's pretty much the converse of the question we were asking on the way in to our Goteborg Film Festival screening: "Who in hell ever thought this movie had a chance?" After all, the gonzo director behind such uncategorizable psychedelic mindfucks as "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" tackling a canonical, beloved bestseller that is not only immensely story-driven but a sprawling, intricate narrative epic at that, seems at best a perilous fit. But this was the '70s and they did things differently back then. And based on the evidence of the interview snippets of Jodorowsky himself...well, let's just say this irrepressibly, infectiously impish character could sell sand to Saharans, ice to Eskimos and braggadocio to bloggers.

13 Films To See In March

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 3, 2014 4:46 PM
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12 Films To See In March
The dolorous effects of winter are slowly, ever so slowly, making way for the bright world of spring. Until then, and especially if you’re in one of the regions still covered in snow, you’re probably spending quite a bit of time at the local multiplex. Since February was so short we’re adding an additional two movies to tide you over this month, so hopefully you’ll have a backlog of entertainment for when you can come out of hibernation.

Watch: Get High With The Trailer For 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2014 5:38 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
"....an unalloyed pleasure of a documentary," our Jessica Kiang called Frank Pavitch's "Jodorowsky's Dune" in her recent review out of the Goteborg Film Festival and she's right on point. The look back at the so-called "greatest film never made" is a remarkable journey into a restless creative spirit who went all-in on what would've been the most unique sci-fi movie anyone had ever seen... only for it to fizzle out.

Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'Jodorowsky's Dune' In Clip From Documentary Plus New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 4:40 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
So, just how much fun is "Jodorowsky's Dune"? When I saw it last year at Cannes, it screened without English subtitles during certain portions of the multilingual film, but I was still able to put together 5 Things You'll Learn from the movie. And when our own Jessica Kiang caught up with it at the recent Goteborg Film Festival, she was just as taken as I was, declaring Frank Pavitch's documentary an "unalloyed pleasure... about the value and power of creative passion."

Goteborg Review: 'Jodorowsky's Dune' A Wildly Entertaining Look At The Most Ambitious Film Never Made

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 27, 2014 5:00 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
"How the hell did this not happen?" is the question that trembled in our brain after we watched Frank Pavich's riotous yet loving and meticulous documentary about one of cinema's greatest what-if stories: the white whale that is Alejandro Jodorowsky's version of Frank Herbert's sine qua non sci-fi classic "Dune." It's pretty much the converse of the question we were asking on the way in to our Goteborg Film Festival screening: "Who in hell ever thought this movie had a chance?" After all, the gonzo director behind such uncategorizable psychedelic mindfucks as "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" tackling a canonical, beloved bestseller that is not only immensely story-driven but a sprawling, intricate narrative epic at that, seems at best a perilous fit. But this was the '70s and they did things differently back then. And based on the evidence of the interview snippets of Jodorowsky himself...well, let's just say this irrepressibly, infectiously impish character could sell sand to Saharans, ice to Eskimos and braggadocio to bloggers.

BFI London Film Fest Diary Day 4: 'All Is Lost,' 'Mistaken For Strangers,' 'Jodorowsky's Dune' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 14, 2013 2:19 PM
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All Is Lost Robert Redford
You could speculate about the reasons for it, but few could deny that there's something in the air involving survival narratives. Last year saw "The Grey," "Life Of Pi" and "Kon-Tiki" premiere to acclaim, and right now, Sandra Bullock's battle against the void of space in "Gravity" has led to rave reviews and phenomenal box office. The latest to pit his wits against the force of nature is Robert Redford, in "All Is Lost" [A-], the second film from "Margin Call" director J.C. Chandor.

5 Things You'll Learn From 'Jodorowsky's Dune' From Nicolas Winding Refn's Thoughts, The Original Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2013 11:40 AM
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The fact that Alejandro Jodorowsky -- coming off the double whammy of 1970s cult favorite mind benders "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" -- even got near bringing Frank Hebert's "Dune" to the big screen perhaps speaks to the wackiness of the 1970s movie world. That it actually got as far as it did, hiring an insane set of collaborators, an equally ambitious cast and actually reaching the stage where sets were going to be built, its even more miraculous. But alas, it fell apart and has become one of the great unmade movie stories in cinema history. The mind still reels at what it could have resulted in, but the new documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" gives a pretty good insight into what could have been a game changing sci-fi epic.

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