THE MAKING OF DUNE by Ed. Naha

THE MAKING OF DUNE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Scheduled to coincide with the December 1984 release of the film Dune: a book-length press release. Naha, a New York Post movie columnist, spent weeks on location with the Dune company in Mexico, interviewing just about everybody. There are glowing close-ups of producer Raffaella de Laurentis (yes, Dino's daughter), of writer/director David Lynch: ""It is his sense of sensible experimentalism that seems to hold things together on the set from day to day. He inspires loyalty with ease."" Naha chronicles the designing of the set and costumes (four different planetary color/texture schemes); he speaks with the actors--a less than charismatic lot--at some length; he notes a few downers (one nasty accident, desert discomfort, recurring bouts with cast/crew illness) but mostly just enthuses over the filming's ""beehive of activity."" And, predictably, major space is given over to the description of Dune's special effects, above all the huge monster-worms--in the book's most interesting pages by far. Enhanced here and there by downbeat words from Dune-creator Frank Herbert, but strictly for skimming movie-fans--and completely dependent on the popularity of the $40 million screen version.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1984
Publisher: Berkley