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Christian McCrea

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325826

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325826.001.0001

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The Golden Path

The Golden Path

(p.115) 5. The Golden Path

Christian McCrea

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the unexpected longevity of David Lynch's Dune, a film that was for many deemed dead on arrival. It assesses Dune's lasting legacy from absurd tie-in merchandise to incredible comic translations to the videogames that changed game history in significant ways. It also emphasizes how Lynch's Dune demands the attention like no other film as it unfolds ceremonially into a dream already in motion. The chapter discusses how Dune remains a focused, singular vision that startles and delights in its difference in the history of science-fiction cinema. It reviews every dashed hope and upraised hand of anguish that believed Dune's literary universe could be adapted if given the right conditions. It talks about how Dune represents so much to so many in search of parables of failure, promise, corrupt systems and ineffable creative possibility.

Keywords:   David Lynch, Dune, lasting legacy, videogames, game history, science-fiction cinema, creative possibility

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