Film and TV

The legacy of the Greatest Film Never Made: Director Frank Pavich on Jodorowsky's Dune

Some things are just too good to be true, like a Dune film starring Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles and David Carradine, directed by cult-film legend Alejandro Jodorowsky, with effects and art by Mœbius, H.R. Giger and Dan O'Bannon. Such a thing is clearly too awesome to exist, but in reality, this adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult novel almost made it to the screen, thanks to the incredible talent and will of Jodorowsky. The near-miss at what would have been one of the most insane sci-fi epics of all time is the subject of Jodorowsky's Dune, a new documentary from director Frank Pavich that delves deep into what's possibly the greatest movie never made. Before the film opens tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, we spoke with Pavich about the challenges of making the movie, getting H.R. Giger's last on-camera interview and the enduring legacy of a film that never existed.

See also: Dune: David Lynch's glorious mess of a movie

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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