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WATCH: Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks the Wildest Film Never Made in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2014 at 1:46PM

The wonderful doc "Jodorowksy's Dune" arrives in theaters March 21. Here's a one-minute clip from the film to whet your appetite. Whether or not you're familiar with the "Dune" mythology, its production history, or the hypnotically bad trainwreck of a film taken away from David Lynch by the studios, there's plenty to enjoy in this tale of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowksy's labor of love that wasn't to be. Watch below.
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Alejandro Jodorosky in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'
Alejandro Jodorosky in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

The wonderful doc "Jodorowksy's Dune" arrives in theaters March 21. Here's a one-minute clip from the film to whet your appetite. Whether or not you're familiar with the "Dune" mythology, its production history, or the hypnotically bad trainwreck of a film taken away from David Lynch by the studios, there's plenty to enjoy in this tale of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowksy's labor of love that wasn't to be. Watch below.

In the film, we come to understand that Jodorowsky's version of "Dune" must have been the most intensely planned film never made. Not only does Jodorowsky have a tome of storyboards he created -- as well as mountains of set and costume designs made by a legion of legends in the field -- he also had his pre-adolescent son train for years to take the lead role (eventually played by Kyle MacLachlan), his producer Michel Seydoux (grandfather of Lea) concoct an ingenious plan to get Salvador Dali on board in a key part, and much more.

In the clip below, Jodorowsky says earnestly he wanted to make "a film to change the world." We believe him.

This article is related to: Video, Video, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.