16 September 2008

Jodorowsky's Dune That Never Was

I love David Lynch, Dali-like repetitions aside, but his Dune is the only film I've ever walked out of.

Still liked it better than the books, though. Walked out of all of them.

I've had a few Dune moments, in the backwoods, at the reservoir, where things got out of hand with Eon (the car doors sealed, mist descended, everything slowed to Om pace, highhhhhhhhhhats fizzed in the distance) but the spice was the only thing I ever got from it; I've never managed to like the kind of science fiction with silly names... the use of medical record Post-It names (Talbot, Travis, Vaughan, Blake, M-Arkham etc) by Ballard always seemed more alien...

But, I've always been fascinated by what Jodorowsky's Dune might have been like, especially since it was to have had little relation to the book...

Digging a little, there's a 1000 page storyboard out there somewhere, drawn by Jean MOBIUS Giraud and I can only imagine the slow burning mania of Jodorowsky might have suited the self-styled grandeur of the books better than the introverted little tics and tocks and match-burnings of Lynch, a director of small things, done slightly (Frank Booth notwithstanding)

Not sure that Pink Floyd should have been allowed to do the music though...

Here's a few character sketches for the Jodorowsky version:



8 comments:

Jess Gulbranson said...

Personally, I loved Lynch's "Dune," and I'm one of those rare Lynch wafflers. I was excited by the legend of a Jodorowsky "Dune" with Floyd soundtrack, but now that I've seen those Giraud drawings... well, they look like cigarette ads. Or fucking curtains. I've outgrown that legend.

Try this fantasy on, though... what if it had been Peter Greenaway's "Dune"... with music by Barry Adamson?

Loki said...

i was just writing about barry adamson soundtracks... greenaway would have made a decent fist of it, i think... especially if he's used the overblown baby of macon stylings...

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