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Movie Reviews – A spice odyssey: "Jodorowsky’s Dune"

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

Jodorowsky’s Dune, documentary, rated PG-13, in English, French, German, and Spanish with subtitles, Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 chiles

After the success of the cult films El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973), producers were more than willing to finance visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s next venture. When asked what kind of picture he wanted to make, Jodorowsky answered “Dune.” He had never read Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi opus, but he knew it was a high-water mark in the genre. After securing financial backing, what followed was an ambitious, perhaps too ambitious, undertaking. Jodorowsky’s Dune chronicles the director’s efforts to assemble cast and crew for the creation of an innovative and quixotic film. But in the end, the adaptation was never made, at least not by Jodorowsky.

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