As our month-long retrospective of the films of David Lynch continues, The Frida Cinema invites you to take a mind-blowing journey to the world of Arrakis in Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of the epic Frank Herbert saga Dune.
In the 11th millennium, Galactic Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer) sends Duke Atreides (Jürgen Prochnow), along with his wife Jessica (Francesca Annis) and son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), to the desert planet Arrakis where “Melange,” a drug essential for interstellar travel, is produced. Unknown to the Atreides family, the Emperor has formed an alliance with the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (a scene-chewing Kenneth McMillan), and a cruel trap has been set. Having survived the violent sabotage, Paul vows to have his revenge, recruiting the Fremen – the peaceful natives of Arrakis – to wage an epic war against the Duke and Baron, and free the universe from tyranny.
Lynch’s take on Herbert’s expansive Dune series of novels was met with tepid reaction in 1984, however the years have been kind to Lynch’s strange, brooding, and heady vision, and the film has amassed quite a cult following. While other science-fiction at the time was churned out for mass consumption, Lynch’s niche film is a bit of an anti-Star Wars: dark, complex, and unapologetically stylish. An incredible score by rock band Toto and composer Brian Eno, and a fantastic supporting cast with turns by Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, Max von Sydow, Linda Hunt, and Sting, round out this beautiful odyssey.
Directed by David Lynch. 136 minutes. 1984. Rated PG-13.
Wednesday, August 15 – 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Friday, August 17 – 4pm, 7pm, 10pm
Saturday, August 18 – 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
“It gets under your skin, and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.” – Time Out
“As you would expect from visionary director David Lynch, it is a movie of often staggering visual power – the most ambitious science fiction film since 2001.” – Washington Post
“Dune is a huge, imaginative, and cold sci-fi epic.” – Variety