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Jodorowsky’s Dune And The Greatest Films Never Made
Lee Arizuno , October 16th, 2009 12:31

A new exhibition celebrates Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated Dune project, due to star Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd and the future kings of science fiction. Lee Arizuno tells the full, psychomagical story

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The Day the Clown Cried

Yeah, this one’s a bit of a cheat. Jerry Lewis’ maudlin holocaust comedy was filmed and edited and — to this day — exists somewhere. Only a handful of people have seen it (Harry Shearer allegedly has a print) and their bemused reaction has only added to the movie’s mystique as one of the worst and most misguided films ever made. If you ever do get to see it, it will have to be without Lewis’ blessing, as he seems determined never to show it to anyone.


Rich Hanscomb
Oct 16, 2009 5:38pm

Cool piece. The history of Vincent Ward's take on Alien 3 is certainly fascinating. I think John Frankenheimer's prequel to the Exorcist (Liam Neeson as Merin) is a decent addition to the list...not that is got very far.

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elmsyrup
Oct 16, 2009 9:50pm

A.I is quite a good film, considering the terrible press it got. It's Spielberg's most interesting work by far, in my opinion- there are elements of it I absolutely love, though the last section is dire.

The reason for the great bits is that Stanley Kubrick did all the preparations for the film, including extensive sketches, but then died before he got the chance to actually direct. When his mate Spielberg took over he sweetened it up and tacked on that fucking ending. When I imagine how the film could have turned out with Kubrick's darker vision I positively salivate. So A.I. is the greatest film never made, for me.

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leif nash
Oct 19, 2009 1:37am

fab !

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James Holloway
Oct 19, 2009 9:35am

Impressive piece this. As much as i thought Holy Mountain was almost preschool in it's use of allegory. But then hippies weren't re known for the intellectualism.

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Oct 21, 2009 2:48pm

In reply to James Holloway:

Great stuff.

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Frances Morgan
Oct 21, 2009 2:49pm

Really enjoyed this.

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Frances Morgan
Oct 21, 2009 2:54pm

I remember reading a while back that Chris Cunningham had considered filming A Scanner Darkly - I think that would have been pretty interesting, although the Linklater version is great.

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Rich M
Oct 21, 2009 11:30pm

Excellent piece. The Orson Welles Batman story is a hoax though, started by Mark Millar a few years ago. Nice thought, though.

Cunningham was also supposed to direct Neuromancer a few years ago, which is another excellent match that'll never happen.

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James Vining
Nov 2, 2009 1:31pm

This article is no small feat: a sharp and well-researched piece about one of cinema's last iconoclasts.

Jodorowsky's films exist to inspire, enlighten, rattle our psyches and our complacency with the status quo, to question everything we think we know about our experience of ourselves and the world. Fans interested in the specifics of his work with the Zen master during the making of "El Topo" should read "The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky."

A crucial update: "KingShot" has been greenlighted and is currently in pre-production. It is being funded and produced by David Lynch. Filming begins in January 2010.

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Nov 14, 2009 5:04pm

Fincher's Alien 3 has its fans. I'm one of them. I would have preferred Vincent Ward's version, but the rest proposed screenplays were terrible.
So I resent the drubbing Alien 3 gets, it is fascinating film, especially the assembly cut.

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smund
Feb 25, 2010 4:51pm

In reply to James Holloway:

the pen is not allways mightyer then the sword. I'd find the true filosofer hippie/day tripper to be quite educated, maby in ways he himself finds cosmologicaly important though. one could seperate knowlige into what is needed for the individual. to off people that like to dance nakked as not prone to intelectual thought would be a bit on the squere side i'd say.

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nancy
Apr 19, 2011 6:16pm

JODOROWSKY thE
genius; for me too is the GREATEST FILM NEVER MADE
Yes; i want to recieve the WEEKLY QUIETUS NEEWSLETTER. i'l be very happy
Thanks a lot

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