Monday, July 18th, 2011

Fixing 'Dune'

Dune without dialogue: can this campy, disastrous movie be saved by making it more Kubrickian and less studio-messes-with-David-Lynchian?

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I unapologetically love Lynch's Dune. Every time I see it I vow to reread all of the books.
(I never do, though.)

BadUncle (#153)

@DorothyMantooth Despite Sting and his 300-styling?

ejcsanfran (#489)

@DorothyMantooth: Me too! I actually saw the theatrical release when it first came out and thought it was amazing. It's too bad only the "Alan Smithee" version is still available.

I had not read the books at that point – which was a good thing. I'd've had too many quibbles with the movie otherwise (lasers guns? And SHIELDS? NOT ALLOWED!)

And def reread the books. I'm surprised how compelling they still are. One takes away different things. I remember not really enjoying "God Emperor" originally – but quite liked it the second time around.

finn (#940)

@DorothyMantooth Yes, this clip mostly made me want to rewatch Dune.

@BadUncle Sting's scenery chewing just made it all the more satisfying for me when he got his comeuppance. COMEUPPANCE!

@ejcsanfran I remember not really being in love with God Emperor the first time 'round, but I could definitely see appreciating it more on a reread. Problem is that I'd just be rushing through it to get to Heretics, which was my favorite. Superfast Teg!

ejcsanfran (#489)

@DorothyMantooth: I think I've read the series half-a-dozen times and I seem to have a different favorite each time – though the first is always the best.

Also, have you read any of the prequels/sequels "written" by Brian Herbert? I read "House Atreides" and it made me so angry. Not only was it poorly written, but most of it mad no sense in the context of the highly-developed Dune universe that I was well-familiar with. Also, there were lots of exclamation points!! To convey drama and excitement!!! UNSUCCESSFULLY!!!

@ejcsanfran My husband reads all the son's stuff for the sake of completeness, I guess. And he warned me how terrible they are when I went to read the Butlerian Jihad (immediately upon finishing Herbert pere's series) and, truly, you cannot be warned enough just how much of a travesty fils's books are.

I think I managed to get through that one, but I've never been tempted to pick up one of his books again. Shame, too, 'cause I think the deal is that the Butlerian Jihad, at least, was made from Frank's notes? And it could have been SO GOOD.

@DorothyMantooth I am so glad you got in first comment with this! Nerds is bitches! Dune rocks!

Matt (#26)

You know what doesn't need to be fixed? David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch starring Peter "RoboCop" Weller.

@Matt I caught that movie on cable once at about 3:00 in the morning, having no idea what it was all about, and it absolutely TERRIFIED me!

@Matt : YES. That one's on my short list of "successful adaptations of books I thought unfilmable."

BadUncle (#153)

@Matt To clarify, I think you mean Peter "Dr. Banzai" Weller.

sharilyn (#4,599)

This movie is truly flawed, but it's a gorgeous, memorable disaster.

"Fear is the mindkiller I MUST NOT FEAR"

Jared (#1,227)

One of the best last lines in movie history.

BadUncle (#153)

Absent a soundtrack, you can crank that movie's homophobia to "11."

BadUncle (#153)

@BadUncle Though it would muffle the misogyny.

Turboslut (#1,036)

Alternate approach: have Patrick Stewart speak all the lines in the movie

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