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JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:00 am

Visionary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s efforts to bring an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel Dune to the screen are the subject of this engaging documentary. Jodorowsky assembled a first-class group of artists to realize his vision and recruited some of his own idols, including Orson Welles and Salvador Dalí, for the cast. Based on the director’s storyboards, Dune would have been a wonder to behold, full of the symbolic and psychedelic imagery that made his earlier films cult classics. But pressure to cut its excessive length pitted Jodorowsky against the studio, and the film was never made as he intended. Its failure leaves you aching to see what Dune could have been if it had been left in his hands. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes. In English, French, German, and Spanish with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. See review.

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