You can call it iconic or one of the biggest failures in film history.
Dune, directed by David Lynch, was an enormously ambitious attempt to adapt a book that was evidently difficult to adapt for the big screen. Sadly, it went down in movie history as a huge failure. This is frequently attributed to the studio’s interference and refusal to provide the necessary budget for the more spectacular scenes.
As a result, the movie didn’t do well at the box office, the book’s fans hated it a lot, people who hadn’t read Herbert’s book could barely understand it, critics hated it, and it won the Stinkers Bad Movie Award for the year.
Since then, opinions about it had not changed much; at best, some people think its cinematography is good.
This also holds true for David Lynch’s own opinion.
In a recent interview, he responded to a question about whether he would like to re-edit any of his films, indicating that to this day, the thoughts of that movie cause him to feel depressed.
He went on to say: But the thing was a terrible sadness and a failure for me, and I’ve thought, “Well, maybe I would go back in on that one.”
Naturally, this is only a figment of Lynch’s imagination because he immediately acknowledged that his personal cut would not occur and that his Dune was too badly flawed to be fixed because he sold out to the studio and compromised his vision too much.
It’s not surprising that David Lynch wanted his name removed from the final theatrical cut’s credits with sentiments like these. Ridge stays such a terrible memory to him that he purportedly wouldn’t watch the initial segment of Villeneuve’s new Hill variation, considerably less to remark on it.
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