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January 31, 2014 11:05 AM   Subscribe

"After posting my little memoir about working on Dune, a lot of people asked to see more of the pre-production art. I have a couple of hundred images, far more than I could post here, so I decided on a selection that showed how the look of the movie evolved from conception to completion."
posted by griphus (22 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
"is this the Kwisatz Haderach?"
"No."
"is THIS the Kwisatz Haderach?"
"No."
-Design meeting
posted by Artw at 11:20 AM on January 31 [4 favorites]


(The model for the 3rd stage guild navigator is my favorite, of course.)
posted by Artw at 11:22 AM on January 31


I liked Judith modeling the lampshade hat; the look in her eye was one of promised vengeance.
posted by elizardbits at 11:25 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Hopefully, someone will eventually not only replace all the missing footage with David Lynch's script firmly in hand, but will take advantage of CGI technology to recreate the missing effects as well. I am convinced that this would really be worth doing.

OK, I'm one of the first to complain about CGI vs. physical effects but I'd contribute to a kickstarter for this. I'd love to see Lynch's original vision finished in any fashion.
posted by octothorpe at 11:27 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


From the first link:

You might be interested to learn that Divine was at one time considered for the part of the Baron.
posted by chambers at 11:28 AM on January 31 [6 favorites]


Chambers - that would have fit right in with the rest of the cast.
posted by k5.user at 11:29 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Awesome. I very often feel like I am in the minority of actually enjoying Lynch's Dune despite its many failings. That web page was laid out horribly for me on Chrome, though. The text never aligned with the images it was describing.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 11:52 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Holy cow. It never occurred to me before that the Spice Guild navigator was a grown-up Eraserhead baby.
posted by aught at 12:31 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


The navigators look even better in the models than they did in the movie. I am going to dust off my copy of Dune and read for a little while now.
posted by bukvich at 12:37 PM on January 31


100 years from now, Lynch's Dune will be widely recognized as the greatest achievement of 20th-century cinema.
posted by mr_roboto at 2:15 PM on January 31 [4 favorites]


especially the part where patrick stewart has the pug puppy strapped to his chest in a bjorn
posted by elizardbits at 2:56 PM on January 31 [7 favorites]


3rd stage Navigator = orifice.

Nightmare fuel.
posted by valkane at 4:56 PM on January 31


Lynch's Dune is what is was, a boisterous, bombastic, mid 80's blockbuster of a movie. On paper it looks like it can't possibly fail. Sting? Kyle MacLachlan's giant chin? Toto? Lynch? A shitton of Brits? Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Well, it failed. I have a buddy whom I can still joke with about the subvocalization. "Why are we whispering?" was a joke for years, decades. I was holding his new baby a couple months ago when she 'filled her diaper' so to speak, and my only response was a whispered, "I'm taking a giant dump right now" and he laughed so loud we had to spend a while explaining it to his wife.

On a more personal note, this film was the end of my "Dad takes Sphinx to sci-fi movies" phase. I distinctly remember seeing Terminator with a teenage group of friends at the Uptown the next year. Holy shit, I had a huge crush on Francesca Annis.

elizardbits: "especially the part where patrick stewart has the pug puppy strapped to his chest in a bjorn"

I only regret that I have but one favorite to give to this post.
posted by Sphinx at 6:10 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Yeah, well, 100 years from now, when Dune-style whispering is the standard filmic convention for conveying a character's state of mind, the film will be viewed as miraculously forward-looking.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:17 PM on January 31


I am just about to finish Dune (the book) for the first time and I'm super excited to watch the movie again now that it will hopefully make a bit of sense.

Also, can someone get on making an HBO series out of it? Because that's what I really want.
posted by saul wright at 6:18 PM on January 31


Lynch's "Dune" is one of those movie, I think "Zardoz" might be another, that I'd rather look at than watch, if you know what I mean. I saw it on initial release and pretty much hated it, having been a fan of the book, but was surprised 20 is so years later how much I enjoyed on home video. If only it had been as successful dramatically as it was visually.
posted by hwestiii at 6:19 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


I am just about to finish Dune (the book) for the first time and I'm super excited to watch the movie again now that it will hopefully make a bit of sense.

Except for all the stuff that Lynch and his writers added to it, like sound modules and heartplugs and suchlike.

Also, can someone get on making an HBO series out of it? Because that's what I really want.

Well, there's the SciFi miniseries from 2002 or so.

Visually it's very weird in that it's really REALLY theatrical -- the filmmakers knew they weren't going to have the money to make it look really good so they said "Fuck it, we'll just do it in front of big backdrops like it was a play." I found that after a few minutes I really didn't notice it very much but obviously tastes differ.

Plotwise, it takes the book a lot more seriously than the Lynch one does, though it concentrates a LOT more on the overt political and mystical stuff than it does on the ecological stuff.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:45 PM on January 31


I just wish someone would cast a Paul of the correct age. Both McLachlan and the SciFi guy were way too old. I *like* McLachlan as an actor, but his age made Paul seem incredibly whiny and immature, which he should not be.

The Lynch film is a gorgeous mess. I enjoy watching it, but it's not Dune.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:50 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


I am just about to finish Dune (the book) for the first time and I'm super excited to watch the movie again now that it will hopefully make a bit of sense.

Hahahahahahahhahah.
posted by brennen at 11:14 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


muffled weeping
posted by brennen at 11:15 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


I *like* McLachlan as an actor, but his age made Paul seem incredibly whiny and immature, which he should not be.

Well, he kinda should be on Caladan and before the spice really takes hold of him on Arrakis. That's part of what the bit with him sitting with his back to the door and not wanting to train with Gurney establishes. He might be deeply gifted and a proto-Mentat, but he's also still a kid.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:18 AM on February 1


Yes, but he was a KID, and MacLachlan was not a kid. Paul is 15 years old at the start of the book; MacLachlan was 24 when Dune was shot. That's a huge gap.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:23 PM on February 1


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