So I knew nothing about Lynch and Frank said he thought this 'new young Director' was doing a great job. He said it was not his vision, but after all a movie is an interpretation of a book, not THE book.
Slowly but surely, I'm still checking out all the threads on Dugpa. I'm so glad to read that Mr. Herbert was open enough as an artist (thank you for sharing the story, John) to appreciate that the film version of Dune was one person's take on his source material.
Dune the film will always be special to me. It brought to life out of my head one of, if not the, finest science fiction novels I've ever read and one that lives in my heart to this day. And if I can get personal for a moment, Paul's internal speech,
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
helped me get through a horrific childhood and teenage existence. I don't think there's a day that goes by that those words don't help me or pass through my head, and particularly recently, when I did some fairly major writing on a subject that I in some ways agonized over needlessly.
I don't mind that people don't like the film. I myself thought the TV version on Sci-Fi was just awful while others may find some virtues in it. But my hackles do tend to rise when DL is criticized about it and sorry he doesn't like it more. Is there a definitive book out there where David talks about this subject? I never got into the back story much.
[Edit] - I also meant to say that it's very interesting when you don't watch a favorite film for a long, long time and then when you do see it again with fresh eyes so to speak, a whole other perspective can wash over you or new revelations pop out at you. Dune the book and film came to me (as have certain films and people) at a time in my life when I really needed to experience it/them. So to test this theory, I'll rewatch the film soon and tell you what I think.