I’m probably not the only one, but I don’t like going into a movie completely blank if I know I have to write a review about it later on. Here in Cannes, I learned you just can’t control that sometimes. I’m seeing films by directors who have never made anything before for example, or sometimes things just get so busy that there’s simply not enough time to do what you wanted to do in advance. But you know what? Not knowing has its advantages.
Take the screening of Jodorowsky’s Dune I went to yesterday evening. I knew it was going to be a documentary about the failed attempt of bringing Frank Herbert’s Dune to the big screen. But I also knew that David Lynch did manage to make an adaptation a few years later. The trouble was that I never actually saw that film, while I had to write a review on this new documentary showing in the Quinzaine section.
But while I was watching it, I realized I was happy I didn’t see a second of Lynch’ interpretation. For an important part, Jodorowsky’s Dune was such a fun experience because it gave me the opportunity to imagine what the actual movie would have been like very vividly, without any limitations of images I had seen before.
So what did I learn? That getting plunged into a film can be pretty exciting. And that I shouldn’t worry too much, at least for as long as I’m at this great festival.
By Fabian Melchers