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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: Denis Villeneuve on Adapting Frank Herbert's Novel to the Big Screen

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Video from q on cbc

Denis Villeneuve on Adapting Frank Herbert's Novel to the Big Screen

"It takes an experienced director like Denis Villeneuve to tackle a project like Dune. The Canadian filmmaker joined Q’s Tom Power to explain why he was eager to helm a big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, despite its shaky cinematic past." from video introduction.

"The thing is that when you are a director, you need to be involved in a lot of different fields. You must be a psychologist, an architecture expert; you must be a choreographer."

Denis Villeneuve

"Denis Villeneuve was only 13 or 14 when he stumbled upon Frank Herbert's Dune in a bookstore and spontaneously fell in love with it.

"That deep melancholia, that feeling of isolation and that attraction to massive wide spaces and foreign cultures — there was something about that that [struck] me at the time," the Québécois filmmaker told Q's Tom Power in an interview.

Since its publication in 1965, Dune has inspired adoration like Villeneuve's in many readers, but the book's screen adaptations have mostly been disastrous. First, there were attempts by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott, and then came David Lynch's infamous 1984 flop, which was savaged by critics and reviled by the director himself..." from the article:

How Denis Villeneuve Directs a Film

Video from Altercine

"In today’s video we feature Denis Villeneuve and his best filmmaking and directing advice! Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is a four-time recipient of the Canadian Screen Award (formerly Genie Award) for Best Direction, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2009, Incendies in 2011 and Enemy in 2013. Internationally, he is known for directing several critically acclaimed films, including the thrillers Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015), as well as the science fiction films Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017)." from video introduction.

Video from BBC Radio 1

“Amazing actor, amazing” Director Denis Villeneuve on Timothée Chalamet, Dune & cinema's importance.

"'2001: A Space Odyssey' is a movie that really impressed me as a teenager. And also 'Blade Runner.' And 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' is also one of my favorites. I'm always looking for sci-fi material, and it's difficult to find original and strong material that's not just about weaponry." Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve's Next Movie

Video from Film & Page Denis Villeneuve, set to direct Rendezvous With Rama...

"It really is a pretty good time to be a science fiction fan. With a new DUNE film, The Expanse, and Foundation on TV. Now we maybe getting a big screen adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama." from video introduction.

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