Dune (2000)

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This one is often forgotten about. 2000’s Dune was made by the SciFi channel as a three-part series. Every so often I revisit this series, less so the 2003 “Children of Dune”. I recently reacquired that series and will watch it again, after I finish this one. I probably will never read the books, that task seems far too daunting, I fear. Heck, an audiobook of the first book seems like it would be a bit much. I’ll stick with the cinematics that filmmakers craft and enjoy them to varying degrees.

Fear is the Mind Killer

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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit – Litany Against Fear (Frank Herbert’s – Dune 1965)

I have found the litany used by Paul Atreides is pretty useful to recite on my worst days. It’s brilliant in its simplicity and doesn’t rely on some outside fantasy to “give you strength”. The strength is already within… this makes you more mindful of that fact.

Nerd Needs Coffee Badly

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David Lynch Has Some Dune Thoughts

Over on the AV Club website, David Lynch was interviewed about his 2006 film “Inland Empire”. The subject of a possible director’s cut was brought up. He seems to feel that although he was open to doing such a project, it would be an impossible task since nobody would green-light it. The prospect of having a director’s cut of Dune excites me to no end. Perhaps even a few more tweaks to update some of the more cumbersome special effects. If Zack Snyder can get his cut of the JL movie completed, this d.c. of Dune could really pay off on a cult classic. Here is what Mr. Lynch had to say…

AVC: Some notable filmmakers have returned to their works years later with re-edits, because just as a viewer’s relationship to a piece of art can change over time, so too can a creator’s. Was a new narrative cut something you ever considered with Inland Empire?

DL: No. But Dune—people have said, “Don’t you want to go back and fiddle with Dune?” And I was so depressed and sickened by it, you know? I want to say, I loved everybody that I worked with; they were so fantastic. I loved all the actors; I loved the crew; I loved working in Mexico; I loved everything except that I didn’t have final cut. And I even loved Dino [De Laurentiis], who wouldn’t give me what I wanted [laughs]. And Raffaella, the producer, who was his daughter—I loved her. But the thing was a horrible sadness and failure to me, and if I could go back in I’ve thought, well, maybe I would on that one go back in.

AVC: Really?

DL: Yeah, but I mean, nobody’s…it’s not going to happen.

AVC: Well that’s interesting, because in the past you were always much less open to it.

David Lynch: Yeah, I wanted to walk away. I always say, and it’s true, that with Dune, I sold out before I finished. It’s not like there’s a bunch of gold in the vaults waiting to be cut and put back together. It’s like, early on I knew what Dino wanted and what I could get away with and what I couldn’t. And so I started selling out, and it’s a sad, sad, pathetic, ridiculous story. But I would like to see what is there. I can’t remember, that’s the weird thing [laughs]. I can’t remember. And so it might be interesting—there could be something there. But I don’t think it’s a silk purse. I know it’s a sow’s ear.