In 1984, the epic space opera of Frank Herbert crashed headlong into the hallucinatory weirdness of David Lynch, and the film version of Dune was born. But adapting Herbert’s dense plotting and impossibly detailed backstory into a coherent film proved beyond Lynch’s abilities. As a result, Dune is a confusing, disjointed mess. As far as messes go, though, you’ll never see a more glorious, more beautiful one.
“This poor guy. It’s why everyone else failed. How do you adapt this book into a two-hour movie? It’s impossible,” says Ernie Quiroz, programming manager for the Denver Film Society. “It’s not that good of a movie, but there’s enough intriguing elements and stuff that’s done well enough that it’s worth a look.”
Thirty years later, the movie is no more comprehensible to anyone not well versed in the ways of the Bene Gesserit, the habits of sandworms and the prophecy of the Kwisatz Haderach than it was on its release, but it stands today as an important milestone in the history of science-fiction film, full of indelible images and unforgettable moments.
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See Dune at 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $10, or $7 for DFS members. For tickets and more info, visit denverfilm.org.
Fri., April 18, 9:30 p.m., 2014