Pop Screen: Dune (with Archaeon)

Season 2, Episode 34,  Sep 16, 2021, 04:30 PM

Once a reviled commercial disaster, today David Lynch's Dune is... a tolerated commercial disaster? It has its fans, it has its naysayers, so before Denis Villeneuve launches his much-anticipated adaptation of (the first half of) Frank Herbert's novel Graham and Archaeon are convening to deliver the final verdict on a film Lynch hated so much he asked for the extended cut to be credited to "Judas Booth".

Topics include Dino de Laurentiis's surprisingly decent history shepherding art-house directors into big-budget genre pieces, the film's curious position in Lynch's directorial canon, the peculiar preponderance of pug dogs, casting comparisons between Lynch and Villeneuve's Dune, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's infamous 1970s attempt to get a movie version of Herbert's novel off the ground. And, because this is Pop Screen, we also talk Sting.

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