Sean Young's video of the making of Dune


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  1. jorgen83 says:

    Dune is my favourite novel ever. Although I’m the first to admit that David Lynch’s interpretation has some serious flaws, it has influenced my mental image of the novel in the best of ways. And for that I love it. Critical and box office flop, but I also believe cult classic! 

  2. Gary61 says:

    I love both the books and the movie – Baron Harkonnen was evil, the Fremen were good, the spice must flow!

  3. DaveLaFontaine says:

    Heh. I still remember the picture of Sting in his “amazing blue thong” that appeared in Rolling Stone at the time, with the caption, “Policeman on Mars”. Which was so dunderheaded that it outraged me at the time – “It’s Arrakis, you morons, not Mars!” I thought. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Of all the things that could be described as wrong about Sting-Rautha in his thong, I can’t see why that would stand out.

      • Felton / Moderator says:

        When I was a kid, my favorite thing about the movie was Patrick Stewart.  Now it’s a near-naked Sting yelling “I will kill him!!”

  4. M Carlson says:

    Is it just me or is her narration only half done in spots??? It sure sounds like it.

    • Mike Boos says:

      Maybe it’s meant to be like the movie – nothing makes sense until you hear the narrator speak.

      • Brainspore says:

        Actually I’m not sure the narration in the movie really helped on that front either. I still have no idea why the movie ended with Sting dying in a knife fight whilst wearing Hawkman underoos.

        • Mike Boos says:

          I didn’t say it caused everything to make sense, just that you’d be completely lost as to what the movie was about without it. It probably would have made more sense if you just spliced all the narration together and left out the rest of the movie.

    • jimh says:

      My thought was that her comments were edited out in places, perhaps self-censored? I wanted to hear what she about David Lynch after “often casting himself…”

      It seems like there was more to this than seven minutes, too. It felt like she was getting to a point at the end that never really was articulated.

    • Julie Dole says:

       It sounded to me like one of the audio tracks was missing in places (and I would have turned the background music down) – otherwise well-edited.

  5. And her commentary is qiute charming and thoughtful. Didnt expect that. Dont ask me why..

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      After hearing nothing but horror stories about Sean she sounds downright pleasant, plus she looks lovely in these old shots.  From her reputation I almost expected her to say “…and this guy was a bastard and I flashed this guy…”

  6. bobrk says:

    If she shot it on Super8, it would be a “film,” not a “video.”

  7. Kwolfbrooks says:

    Super 8 is in 4:3 aspect ratio (TV size)… not the 16:9 (wide) to which this film has been altered.  Little bit polished here, but interesting nonetheless.

  8. Whatever the virtues of Lynch’s version, it has to said that adaptation planned by Alejandro Jodorowky, which was going to feature production designs by HR Giger and Moebius, music by Pink Floyd, and star (i think) Orson Welles, is one of the greatest and most bitter what if’s of movie history.

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      I’d love to visit the alternate universe in which that version was made.  Salvador Dali was apparently going to play the emperor.

      • I’d love to visit that alternative universe too – although in all probability the production would probably be halted there too, by a goddamn zeppelin strike or something.

      • Brainspore says:

        I’d love to visit the alternate universe in which that version was made.

        Yeah, but the people in that universe are jealous of how good our version of “Back to the Future” turned out (Eric Stoltz, indeed!). Not to mention how we don’t have to deal with those horrible Onion-Men.

      • Nicky G says:

        That version was indeed produced and released. It came out in the 19A0s.

    • Tom Forest says:

       I think the spaceships were going to be designed by Chris Foss.

    •  I think Dune needs a director who will seriously cut the material down and turn it into movie material. I think Stanley Kubrick would have done a good job, even if it took ten years to get to the screen.

  9. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    After seeing this movie and the TV adaptation that was supposed to be truer to the book I have to say I prefer the movie.  It has a much more powerful look and feels closer to the spirit of the book even if it didn’t follow it as the author wanted.  Not unlike the situation with Kubrick and King over the movie version of The Shining.

    • ocker3 says:

       Not to mention that in the TV adaption they forgot to give Paul and his group blue eyes in the final scene. I and dozens of other movie/sci-fi/culture buffs at my Uni were really hoping that it would be good, but when it finally showed, the feeling of disappointment in that room was just sad.

  10. Mark Kraft says:

    Dune is perfect in its imperfections. All things considered, it’s actually quite true to the book.

  11. Leto_Atreides says:

    Maybe I’ve been here too long, but I’m pretty sure this video was posted on boingboing about 2 years ago.

  12. Jeff Grygny says:

    This documentary was bad in the same way she was in the movie (check me if she didn’t play Muadib’s love interest) Especially hated the rinkytink music and pointless shots of people eating. Awful Chani– but then Lynch had no idea how to handle a tribal people.

  13. bcsizemo says:

    I sat down and watch the director’s cut all the way through a few years ago…  When they got to the Fremen and I could think was, “Gordon is that you?”

  14. It’ll be interesting to see how much money the film is actually worth over the long haul – perhaps it’s not such a flop.

  15. It really is a beautiful movie, and I love Lynch’s interpretation. Science fiction *should* be psychedlic, and Lynch certainly made that clear. Hay Lynch: Get back to work!

    I couldn’t watch syfy’s version of the story. I don’t think they cast anyone over the age of 30.

    I also thought the Chronicles of Riddick was the only other film that had the same impact on me.

    I recently finished watching ALL of the available sci-fi films on Netflix’s Watch it Now,  and I’ve been turning over rocks (and torrents) to find stuff I haven’t seen yet.

    • akbar56 says:

      Oh how wrong you are re: the 2000 SciFi channel mini series. Actors in it over 30? At the time of filming: 
      William Hurt: 50
      Saskia Reeves: 39
      P.H. Moriarty: 61
      Ian McNeice: 50
      Barbora Kodetová: 30
      Uwe Ochsenknech: 44

      Alec Newman who played Paul himself was 26 at the time. Given that Paul was 15 in the first book, I think the age for casting was acceptable.
      If you are a fan of the book, you do yourself a great dis-service by ignoring the mini-series. It is much closer and truer to the book than Lynch’s noble yet failed attempt. The “stage like sets” give the tale a grander theatrical edge to it that helps imo of the grand story being told.

      • Leto_Atreides says:

        I am  huge Dune fan  and I thought the miniserie was junk. I’ll take difference with the source material over terrible casting, cheap set  and craptastic  costumes any day.

  16. chaopoiesis says:

    >>David Lynch looks 19 years old


    • Reminds me of the famous (and probably apocryphal) Chet Baker anecdote:
      Old jazz musician to Chet Baker (later in life) Hey man, where did you get all them lines in your face?
      Chet Baker: They’re laughter lines.
      Old jazz musician: Ain’t nothing that funny.

    • Kimmo says:

      Hm. He looks 30ish to me, but then perhaps I’m no judge; I’m 37 and get taken for 25-30. I’ve met guys young enough to be my offspring who look older than me…

      Been a smoker for 20 years, too. Though I bet my insides don’t look so young…

  17. Melinda9 says:

    It ends kind of abruptly after she states her theory about why DLynch bailed. Sci fi films can be hard to do – it’s hard to get the right tone for the big screen where it doesn’t seem comical and ludicrous. For example, Paul Atreides’ little sister always makes me start laughing.

  18. Wordguy says:

    No earbuds. Nobody typing with their thumbs. No smartphones. Weird.

  19. ben bocardo says:

    sounds like her commentary has been edited

  20. franko says:

    i loved the TV version. this was not so good. parts of it i love, though. (patrick stewart, XOXO – call me).

  21. saint_al says:

    /thought the movie blew. I vividly recall how the movie audience was handed out a postcard/ directory to explain the characters and their traits before the show started. This was for the benefit of those who hadn’t already read the book (guilty here). Seeing  Sting in his Flying Underwear didn’t help.

  22. dolo54 says:

    I read the book as a teenager before seeing the movie. At the time I was pretty disappointed by the movie, but having seen it a few times since, I would say it is a glorious failure. Unintentionally hilarious at times, especially the girl, Alia’s gleeful speech at the end, but fairly brilliant at other times. 

    • Steve Taylor says:

      Agreed – a glorious failure. And the recentish tv version was just a plain old failure failure.  If the whole movie had lived up to its high points…

  23. Sparg says:

    The first time I attempted to see this I fell asleep in the post theatre.  Comfy seat in the dark and I was still buzzed after a post-match rugby kegger, but girlfriend wanted to take me to this for my birthday.  Went the next week and loved putting some faces to the characters I loved as a kid.

  24. Walter Amos says:

    Above all else, the thing that made the movie work can be summarized in 2 words.

    Jürgen.  Prochnow.

    You could see *why* the Atreides troops were willing to die for Duke Leto.  As opposed to William Hurt’s Leto in the Skiffy TV series, who showed all the emotion and gravitas of an over-boiled cabbage.

    Also too, the Atreides uniforms in Lynch’s movie were totally the shiznit.

  25. Amelia_G says:

    All I can see is some Atreides that I’m glad Sean filmed!

  26. lecti says:

    Still love the movie.  Would’ve been much better if it didn’t have the “laser” guns in instead of knives, though.

  27. er0ck says:

    i love lynch.  i love dune.  i don’t particularly care for the theatrical release of the film, much like the OG blade runner.  fans should see the fan edit(s).  amazing work

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