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7th Jan '17 4:58:01 PM tandra88
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* EliteManCourtesanRomance: Duke Leto's romance with Lady Jessica is this. She is not a prostitute or courtesan, but a member of TheOrder of Bene Gesserit, who ship off some of their younger initiates as concubines to powerful nobles in order to advance their genetic selection agenda. Despite this, Leto and Jessica genuinely fall in love with each other, and she even defies the order by giving birth to his son (initiates can choose the baby's sex at will, and she was supposed to bear a daughter).
5th Jan '17 4:19:21 PM VoxAquila
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* As of 2017, LegendaryPictures has bought the film rights, with Creator/DenisVilleneuve being called on to direct a new adaptation.

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* As of 2017, LegendaryPictures Creator/LegendaryPictures has bought the film rights, with Creator/DenisVilleneuve being called on to direct a new adaptation.
5th Jan '17 4:16:25 PM VoxAquila
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* As of 2017, LegendaryPictures has bought the film rights, with Creator/DenisVilleneuve being called on to direct a new adaptation.
29th Dec '16 11:06:06 AM nombretomado
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* From the early 1970's on, attempts were made to produce a theatrical film. Cult director Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky (known for incredibly bizarre films such as ''Film/ElTopo'' and ''Film/TheHolyMountain'') came to the project after having a bizarre dream almost identical to the broader plot of the first novel and then hearing about a book of almost exactly the same story. Convinced that there was something more here he resolved to make '''a movie based on his dream,''' with bits of the book itself thrown in (that's not hyperbole, that's his stated agenda). [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Sadly, and inevitably, it fell apart.]] The 2014 documentary ''Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune'' is a look into what might have been. The producers turned to a hot new director who had been considered for ''[[StarWars Return of the Jedi]],'' mostly on the strength of his classic [[Film/{{Eraserhead}} first film]] and a critically and commercially successful [[Film/TheElephantMan biopic]] that made him a true commodity in the industry. That man's name: DavidLynch, who took the project and made it his own to only a slightly lesser extent than Jodorowsky would have. Due to his alien style and the sheer scale of the book, the already-complex narrative became nearly incomprehensible to some viewers; many theaters handed out [[AllThereInTheManual printed plot summaries]] to patrons. The 1984 Lynch version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' is the most memorable (and notorious) for its Freudian imagery, [[SceneryPorn elaborate set design]] (containing some holdovers from the Jodorowsky version, including Giger's designs), and AllStarCast. Subsequent recut and extended versions have inspired [[BrokenBase varying]] degrees of critical [[LoveItOrHateIt reappraisal]]. It was a complete flop at the box office and has become both a CultClassic, and an example of how ''not'' to make a blockbuster.

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* From the early 1970's on, attempts were made to produce a theatrical film. Cult director Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky (known for incredibly bizarre films such as ''Film/ElTopo'' and ''Film/TheHolyMountain'') came to the project after having a bizarre dream almost identical to the broader plot of the first novel and then hearing about a book of almost exactly the same story. Convinced that there was something more here he resolved to make '''a movie based on his dream,''' with bits of the book itself thrown in (that's not hyperbole, that's his stated agenda). [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Sadly, and inevitably, it fell apart.]] The 2014 documentary ''Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune'' is a look into what might have been. The producers turned to a hot new director who had been considered for ''[[StarWars Return of the Jedi]],'' mostly on the strength of his classic [[Film/{{Eraserhead}} first film]] and a critically and commercially successful [[Film/TheElephantMan biopic]] that made him a true commodity in the industry. That man's name: DavidLynch, Creator/DavidLynch, who took the project and made it his own to only a slightly lesser extent than Jodorowsky would have. Due to his alien style and the sheer scale of the book, the already-complex narrative became nearly incomprehensible to some viewers; many theaters handed out [[AllThereInTheManual printed plot summaries]] to patrons. The 1984 Lynch version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' is the most memorable (and notorious) for its Freudian imagery, [[SceneryPorn elaborate set design]] (containing some holdovers from the Jodorowsky version, including Giger's designs), and AllStarCast. Subsequent recut and extended versions have inspired [[BrokenBase varying]] degrees of critical [[LoveItOrHateIt reappraisal]]. It was a complete flop at the box office and has become both a CultClassic, and an example of how ''not'' to make a blockbuster.



Several of these games and the original DavidLynch film contain NotableOriginalMusic.

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Several of these games and the original DavidLynch Creator/DavidLynch film contain NotableOriginalMusic.
22nd Nov '16 1:11:58 AM Nautilus1
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** Paul ends up marrying Princess Irulan for political reasons, but keeps his true love Chani as royal concubine.

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** Paul ends up marrying Princess Irulan (described in-universe as an impossible, superhuman beauty) for political reasons, but keeps his true love Chani as royal concubine.
29th Oct '16 7:22:55 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Paul. Baron Harkonnen. Leto Atreides. Gurney Halleck. Duncan Idaho. Liet Kynes. Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. And that's just the first book.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Fremen, deliberately contrasted with the Sardaukar, who are more of a PraetorianGuard. Both in turn start out BadAss but end up succumbing to arrogance and pleasure, allowing them to be overcome by a superior force -- Fremen for the Sardukar.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Fremen, deliberately contrasted with the Sardaukar, who are more of a PraetorianGuard. Both in turn start out BadAss badass but end up succumbing to arrogance and pleasure, allowing them to be overcome by a superior force -- Fremen for the Sardukar.
25th Oct '16 3:46:47 PM wistan
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** Also subverted in the implication here and there that this is something the Duke does entirely cynically precisely because it's a way to ensure that loyalty, rather than out of genuine affection for his men.
8th Oct '16 1:30:11 AM JakesBrain
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** Largely averted in Dune itself. Baron Harkonnen is TheHeavy, but completely ignorant of the deeper machinations and plays no role in the denouement. TheEmperor is nominal in charge, but he's having his strings pulled by the [[spoiler:Bene Gesserit and the Guild. The Guild is largely TheUnseen, while Gaius Helen Mohiam's influence is subtle.]]

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** Largely averted in Dune itself. Baron Harkonnen is TheHeavy, but completely ignorant of the deeper machinations and plays no role in the denouement. TheEmperor is nominal nominally in charge, but he's having his strings pulled by the [[spoiler:Bene Gesserit and the Guild. The Guild is largely TheUnseen, while Gaius Helen Mohiam's influence is subtle.]]



** Both the "Bene Geserit" and their creation, the "Kwizats Haderach", to Hebrew speakers.

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** Both Hebrew speakers will recognize the term "Kwisatz Haderach" as cognate with their own ''Kefitzat [=haDerekh=]'', which does actually mean "shortening of the way" and refers to Talmudic legends of rabbis who covered long distances in impossibly short times in order to offer aid.
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"Bene Geserit" Gesserit" is actually a bilingual pun that only works if you know both Latin and their creation, the "Kwizats Haderach", English. It translates to Hebrew speakers."It will have been well born(e)."
26th Aug '16 8:17:35 AM Cush1
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** Baron Harkonnen calls this out specifically during the assault on Arrakis, where he boasts of resurrecting artillery to counteract the shields the Atreides troops were expected to use.
18th Aug '16 12:54:33 PM Tre
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* In 2000, the SciFiChannel produced a three-part miniseries adaptation of the novel. This version followed the plot of the book much more closely, but had a ridiculously small budget, [[AscendedExtra and gave several characters expanded roles]] while paring others down to bare bones or removing them entirely. The Sci-Fi Channel also adapted ''Messiah'' and ''Children'' into a second three-part miniseries in 2003, which [[AdaptationDistillation streamlined two very contradictory novels into a cohesive whole, removed or simplified some of the extremely convoluted plot elements]], and paid off the previous series' CharacterDevelopment of [[AscendedExtra Irulan]], all in all serving as a far more coherent, character-driven bridge between ''Dune'' and ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'' than the novels it adapts.

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* In 2000, the SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] produced a three-part miniseries adaptation of the novel. This version followed the plot of the book much more closely, but had a ridiculously small budget, [[AscendedExtra and gave several characters expanded roles]] while paring others down to bare bones or removing them entirely. The Sci-Fi Channel also adapted ''Messiah'' and ''Children'' into a second three-part miniseries in 2003, which [[AdaptationDistillation streamlined two very contradictory novels into a cohesive whole, removed or simplified some of the extremely convoluted plot elements]], and paid off the previous series' CharacterDevelopment of [[AscendedExtra Irulan]], all in all serving as a far more coherent, character-driven bridge between ''Dune'' and ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'' than the novels it adapts.
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