Jodorowsky's Dune Uncovered

Jodorowsky's Dune.

Scene 23-28 : Leto Investigates the Smuggling

In scenes that aren't in the book, and don't appear to be in the Moebius storyboards we follow Duke Leto as he searches to discover which Major Houses is smuggling the Spice.

On Giedi One an army of slaves are building a giant statue of the Baron. Thufir, disguised as a slave merchant, unloads a group of slaves containing Leto, Duncan and Halleck.

Escaping from the slave prison, Leto, Halleck and Idaho dress up as Harkonnen soldiers and approach the storehouses. Knocking out a Sardaukar guard, they go inside they find thousands of barrels filled with Spice.

Leto proclaims that the Harkonnen are accomplices, but it is the Emperor who is guilty.

Back on Kaitain, Leto enters the Imperial Palace as is meet by Count Fenring in a reception hall "with pillars everywhere sculptured to resemble praying mantis insects" who shows him up a stairway into the mouth of a large sculpture of a clown.

In a short video by Mauro Di Flaviano about Jodorowsky's Dune on Vimeo ( there is a montage of some Moebius artwork, and one part appears to show giant praying mantis pillars, although it is unclear where in the storyboards they appear.

Here the story rejoins the Moebius boards with Leto dropping into the Emperor's upside-down room, which we'll look at next time.

Continue to Part 5: The Emperor's Upside-Down Room