You can’t go back again

In a fit of nostalgia, I included the De Laurentis film of “Dune” in a swag of videos I borrowed last weekend. Big Mistake.

I had fond memories of that film. I loved the decadent technology, and the sumptious look. Just as I loved Tim Burtons’ Gotham City in his Batman series (shame about the story and a Batman so wooden in his movements).

But on re-viewing, the movie itself seems so ponderous, and nothing more than a series of admittedly visually intriguing vignettes. Characters are introduced and dropped with no development and no significance to anyone who hasn’t read Frank Herberts’ book. Whole sections of the book are missing or perverted, and the story progresses either at breakneck speed or in excruciating detail. (the “mystical” visions in particular).

I still love the look of this 1984 film even though the special effects are often laughable by todays standards, but maybe it should have remained a memory.

*and yes, that’s Sting on the far right.

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2 Responses to “You can’t go back again”


  1. 1 Doug March 22, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Yup, I thought it was a disaster, too, and I like many of the participants. I’m a fan of most David Lynch movies (still don’t understand Lost Highway, though), I like Kyle Maclachlan, etc.

    The only thing that holds up over the years, for me anyway, is Lynch’s vision of the guild navigators. Giant snails or something like that 🙂

  2. 2 microsoar March 22, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    I agree, Doug. The navigators were way cool. I particularly liked the way the the head navigator arrived in the emperors’ presence in his train-locomotive-like tank of spice gas….


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