Given Chilean-French filmmaker and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky’s storied history with adaptation attempts of Frank Herbert’s Dune, it’s natural to want to know what he thinks of the trailer to Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated version of the story. He told French’s Premier magazine:
“I saw the trailer. It’s very well done,” Jodorowsky said. “We can see that it is industrial cinema, that there is a lot of money, and that it was very expensive. But if it was very expensive, it must pay in proportion. And that is the problem: There [are] no surprises. The form is identical to what is done everywhere. The lighting, the acting, everything is predictable.
“Industrial cinema is incompatible with auteur cinema. For the former, money comes before. For the second, it’s the opposite, whatever the quality of a director, whether my friend Nicolas Winding Refn or Denis Villeneuve. Industrial cinema promotes entertainment, it is a show that is not intended to change humanity or society.”
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