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The Greatest Movie Never Made – Jodorowsky’s Dune

When Holly and I were in Seattle, we got the chance to go see the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. I didn’t know much about it, but it was about Dune, so I was there. I knew it was about an earlier attempt to make a Dune film, before the David Lynch version in the 80s. That was more than enough to go on.

So I did not know the director Jodorowsky, but he is an interesting dude. Not actually easy to describe. The movie describes him as, for instance, the man who created the midnight showing of the cult classic. And they go on to attribute a whole lot more to him, and to the film he tried to make in the early 1970s. Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The way I think it makes sense for me to move through this is to talk about Jodorowsky and the team he pulled together, about his Dune and the impact that it had on moviemaking, and then talk about the source material – Dune – of which I am such a fan. I suppose there will be spoilers for the documentary, but not many more than the trailer. I really recommend this documentary and if you get a chance to see it – and you love Dune and/or science fiction, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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D is for Duncan Idaho

DOne of my favorite characters ever, and one I’ve been trying to figure out how to talk about. I think the short post format of the A to Z Challenge gives me my solution: let’s start small with this character, hit the major points. Start in the beginning, which is such a difficult time, as it points out in Dune.

Duncan Idaho almost exists as a throw-away character in the novel Dune, and was effectively treated as such in the movie and mini-series. He exists far more in the main character’s mind, reminding him of lessons, than he does actually on the page as a character. And like so many characters in Dune, he dies in the first act. So what is it about this character that grows in the imagination, that makes him larger than life? Well, I’m trying to avoid spoilers at least a little bit in this introduction, so follow on for Duncan Idaho: the most lived man in history!

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