Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The Producer’s theme for June is: Poetic Icons: Past and Present
So we have the opportunity to view & discuss films by a debut director, & two iconoclastic directors.
Oh my goodness, June is upon us, rife with first day showers to keep our Spring gardens & lawns healthy. In the spirit of viewing, appreciating, & discussing documentary films, join us this Friday, June 5, 2015 for a screening of JODOROWSKY’S DUNE.
It was directed by Frank Pavich, mostly known as a producer, writer, & production manager, he only directed one other film, also a documentary; N.Y.H.C. (NEW YORK HARD CORE)-1999, about the Big Apple’s frenetic Rock & Roll music scene.
From the 2013 Cannes Film Festival review: “Pavich’s documentary may well prove to be a more enjoyable film than the high camp carnival of excess it seeks to commemorate.”
This film won the Top Five Documentary Award by the National Board of Review in 2014.
There has been dozens of “Failed Unrealized Film Projects” over the years; prominent among them are Terry Gilliam’s MAN OF LA MANCHA, Sergio Leone’s STALINGRAD, Martin Scorsese’s DINO, David Lynch’s RONNIE ROCKET, & Stanley Kubrick’s NAPOLEON.
The centerpiece of this film was the 84-year old director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who has been called surrealist, & a charming madman. In 1955 he studied Mime with Marcel Marceau. He has had a career steeped with his interest in the graphic arts. He only directed 10 films, the first 2 being shorts; others included EL TOPO (1970), THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973), then he spent several years working on DUNE, TUSK (1980), SANTE SANGRE (1989), & THE RAINBOW THIEF (1990), which the TFC has screened.
Jodorowsky once said, “Most film directors make movies with their eyes. I make films with my balls.”
On DUNE, he said, “I set out to make the most important picture in the history of humanity. I have never read the book, so even though I was raping Frank Herbert, I did it with love.”
The film was originally going to be 14 hours long, something to tower over the 8 hour Russian version of WAR & PEACE. He was going to film the movie in Algeria. In one scene he planned on having 3,000 extras defecating at the same time. He had recruited Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, David Carradine, Charlotte Rampling, Mick Jagger, & Charlotte Rampling to be in it.
He collaborated with artists Jean “Moebius” Girard, & H.R. Giger for the concept development, and special effects wizard Dan O’Bannon. Giger & O’Bannon later used some of the DUNE Sci fi ideas when they worked with Ridley Scott on ALIEN.
Looking back four decades, some modern critics have said: “It probably would have been a preposterous campy clunker, worse than Lynch’s 1984 notorious turkey. It would have shades of BARBARELLA & FLASH GORDON.” Many others just felt that Jodorowsky was just way ahead of the curve, that his concept was beyond the technical capacity of film at that time, three years before STAR WARS.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (2013)
Directed by Frank Pavich @ 88 minutes.
Synopsis: This is an excellent, & rare, Documentary about rogue Director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious, but ultimately doomed, film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel, DUNE.
The film features Alejandro Jodorowsky, Amanda Lear, H. R. Giger, Orson Welles, Mick Jager, David Carradine, Gloria Swanson, Charlotte Rampling, & Pink Floyd.
Tagline: All about the greatest Science Fiction film never made.
This has already been compared to the documentary LOST IN LA MANCHA about the doomed film by Terry Gilliam.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 98% Critic’s Approval & 90% Audience Approval. IMDb rated it at 8.1 stars.
Anita Katz of the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER wrote: “this film is not just for Jodorowsky fanboys. It is both an entertaining portrait of a unique pop-culture endeavor & an excellent salute to the creative spirit.”
So mark your calendars for Friday this week, 06/05/15, & join the Tacoma Film Club for the screening of this excellent documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events, screenings, & discussions. It is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J, across from the Group Health hospital.
Arrive early, around 6:30 p.m., & join some of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others. Please remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to view the movie. There is no food or drink allowed the sanctuary during the screening.
There will be a Donation Box by the entrance to the sanctuary. All donated funds will go to help pay for the rent the space & equipment, & other Club expenses. We keep our Screening License current in order to show films to the public. JODOROWSKY’S DUNE will screen at 7:15 p.m. & it runs a short 88 minutes, so the curtain will fall before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!