Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Greatest Science Fiction Movie Never Made

For information on the aborted 1971 Alejandro Jodorowsky version of Dune, check out this link, a translation of a French-language interview:

Alejandro Jodorowsky's DUNE

The project would have featured:

  • A soundtrack by Pink Floyd

  • Salvador Dali as the Padishah Emperor, who made it a condition of his employment that he be seen going to the bathroom in a golden throne of two dolphin mouths (!)

  • A cast featuring Gloria Swanson, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles

  • Art design by Moebius, H.R. Giger and Dan O'Bannon

Alejandro Jodorowsky was always a favorite of mine. It helps because of his quote: "I ask of cinema what most Americans ask of psychadelic drugs."

It would have been interesting to see what Jodorowsky, with his otherworldly sensibility, would have done with DUNE.