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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: DUNE 2021 Movie - Science, Worlds & Cultures of Frank Herbert

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

DUNE 2021 Movie - Science, Worlds & Cultures of Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert was a worldbuilder. In his own vision and his own style he created many worlds with many layers of civilizations.

Of course everything is derivative and like Tolkien and Lewis and others Herbert was inspired by reality and history. Herbert spent over 6 years putting together his epic.

Brilliant as it is, it is not written from a Christian worldview but from a Godless one. The Historical background, the nuances are Islamic and those who inhabit theses worlds, some of them seek a messiah to liberate them.

Will they find one?

"Astrophysicist Dr. Andy Howell takes a look at DUNE and its scientific plausibility and inspirations. Could you have a desert planet like Arrakis? What about the technological feasibility of Stillsuits and evolution of Sandworms? Then all things Spice: enhanced physiology, historical empires pursuing rare resources, and navigating between the stars. And lastly, the cool dragonfly inspired aircraft Ornithopters." from video introduction.

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

Frank Herbert, Dune

Video from

Top 10 Planets in the Dune Universe

"It's time to brush up on your Dune geography. For this list, we’ll be looking at the most fascinating worlds scattered across the cosmos of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi epic and its sequels. Our countdown includes Salusa Secundus, Earth, Arrakis, and more!' from vidoe introduction.

Video from Invicta

"In this lore documentary we seek to bring to life the world of Frank Herbert's Dune series with animated video of the key aspects of his work. We begin by tracing the history of the imperium from the Space Age of the 21st century through the mellenia of expansion that would see the Empire of Man become the Empire of a Thousand Worlds. We cover the pivotal moment that was the Butlerian revolt against the Thinking Machines. In its aftermath, the galaxy was reformed into a new galactic order. This was made up of three main pillars: The Landsraad, The Imperial Throne, and the Spacing Guild. We discuss each of these with a focus on the Great and Minor houses along with House Corrino which currently sits atop the throne. In addition we also dive into the emergence of new players like the Mentats, the Navigators, and the Bene Gesserit. Finally we turn our attention to how these various galactic factions of the Imperium of Man come to see their plans within plans come to a head on Arrakis. To set the stage for this action we dive deep into the planetology of Dune including its ecology, the sand worms, spice melange, and the Fremen. I've loved diving into the lore of Dune and hope this makes a good primer video for the Dune Movie 2021 as well as your reading of the Dune books as I assume that most Dune Movie Review videos do not get into this much detail. Stay tuned for more episodes on Dune explained." from the video introduction.

Video from Quinn's Ideas

Dune's Stillsuits Are Very Practical - and Incredibly Disgusting

"Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the most beloved sci-fi novels of all time, so there’s certainly a hefty amount of anticipation surrounding the upcoming film adaptation of legendary book. The first stills from the film were released earlier this week, and they revealed both the film's characters and their stillsuits, which are essential for surviving the harsh desert world of Arrakis. However, despite how practical stillsuits are, they're also extremely gross.

While Dune does embrace a lot of technology that was common in science-fiction by 1965, Herbert spent a lot of time figuring out how people would function on Arrakis. To answer how people could survive on such a barren, unforgiving planet, Herbert had Arrakis' denizens be extremely resourceful and utilize their own bodies. This is where stillsuits come in.''" from the article: Dune's Stillsuits Are Very Practical - and Incredibly Disgusting

'Dune" Stillsuit
'Dune" Stillsuit

“When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the whirlwind follows.” -Bene Gesserit Axiom

Video from Quinn's Ideas

Christian Symbolism

"Ever noticed all the Christian symbolism in Frank Herbert's Dune Series?

The Orange-Catholic Bible is a clue that much more lies beneath the dune-covered surface of this science-fiction masterpiece. From the Messiah-figure of the Kwisatz Haderach to the Flight into the Desert of Arrakis, there is quite a bit of Christian symbolism in Frank Herbert's epic Dune series...." from the article: The Theology of Dune

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