Excerpt: I nomi coinvolti, l’entusiasmo e la passione del regista e dei suoi collaboratori sono commoventi e perpetuano l’ideale romantico dell’artista incapace di compromessi. Ma le riflessioni finali sono assai più interessanti. Anche se quel film impossibile non si è mai concretizzato, ha lasciato radici solidissime per molti altri progetti futuri ed il lavoro fatto non è andato perduto.
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
Excerpt: Frank Pavich’s documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, early on gives some background on the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky before moving on to a film that the man did not make. Perhaps this film is as much a passion project as its subject but it ultimately amounts almost to nothing more than a piece of fluffy fandom.
Excerpt: It’s in discussing the tremendous impact that Dune had that Jodorowsky’s Dune reveals itself to be a celebration of that failure, rather than a bitter mourning. It’s a story of a vision so grand, of a period of creativity so furious and expansive, that it could not be contained in a single film, and instead had to be filtered through dozens of films over multiple generations.
Excerpt: The most mesmerizing interviewee is Jodo himself who, in his mid-80s, is still a potent force of nature whose mad, animated ravings are infectious and run the gamut from thunderous indignation to wailing lamentation.
Excerpt: Jodorowsky’s Dune is a engrossing document because it provides the history behind a bizarre movie that never came to fruition. In his fertile and uninhibited imagination, the production becomes sort of a no-holds-barred, anything is possible fantasy with limitless possibilities.
Excerpt: When it comes down to it, what Pavich has teased out of the old rascal is not just the story of an insane moviemaking vision, but really, a treatise on what it means to create and the powerful aphrodisiac that is the unbridled artistic impulse.
Excerpt: Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: A tantalizing taste…of what might have been…even if you doubt that the completed film would have been as remarkable as Jodorowsky and his admirers are inclined to claim.