Wednesday, February 15

David Lynch's Dune at 92YTribeca

What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, February 15
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Featured Screening: Dune at 92YTribeca

92YTribeca‘s February Twin Peaks Celebration begins today with a special 35mm theatrical screening of David Lynch‘s Dune. This is the 137-minute theatrical cut, and the only version released with Lynch’s involvement (and subsequent disownment).

On the heels of his his second feature The Elephant Man Lynch was contacted for several director-for-hire gigs, most notoriously Return of the Jedi. (Watch Lynch tell the bizarre story here.) Ultimately he teamed with superproducer Dino De Laurentiis for an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s science fiction epic. The project arrived with a storied history: Alejandro Jodorowsky had been preparing a purportedly 14-hour version that was to include Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Karlheinz Stochausen, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Gloria Swanson and Hervé Villechaize. When the rights ended up in De Laurentiis’s hands he initially approached Dan O’Bannon and Ridley Scott, who would soon collaborate on Alien. Notoriously rushed and convoluted, Lynch’s Dune is one of the quintessential movies now regarded as undeserving of its bad rap. Eraserhead may have been a midnight success, but Lynch was mostly known for the relatively straightforward Elephant Man at the time—which is to say critics and audiences weren’t weren’t necessarily primed for the kind of weirdness that unfurls from the screen. It’s best appreciated as a flawed visual epic with a pretty rad appearance by Sting. It also occupies an important role in Lynch’s career development, as De Laurentiis would next produce Lynch’s seminal Blue Velvet, also starring Kyle MacLachlan, another key collaborator.

Twin Peaks Celebrating continues over the next few weeks with a (sold out) live score this weekend and a February 22 screening of Wild at Heart before culminating in a string of five—also already sold out!—screenings of Fire Walk with Me.

Also Recommended

Dark, heady novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet, best known to cinephiles for his writing Last Year at Marienbad, was a highly active filmmaker in his own right. His third feature, Eden and After, plays Spectacle Theater.

Tender, gender bending documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye plays French Institute Alliance Française with a discussion with director, FIAF film curator Marie Losier.


William Wellman at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1

  • Buffalo Bill. Details. 35mm. 1944. 1:00, 4:30, 8:00 pm.
  • The Great Man’s Lady. Details. 35mm. 1942. 2:45, 6:15 and 9:45 pm.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey at MoMA
Series Details

  • Parts 13-14Details. 2011. 120 min. 1:00 pm.

Anti-Valentines at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • Eden and After (Alain Robbe-Grillet). Details. 1970. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
  • The Margin (Walerian Borowczyk). Details. 1976. 88 min. 9:30 pm.

Dune (David Lynch) at 92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 1984. 137 min. 7:30 pm.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
 (Marie Losier) at French Institute Alliance Française. Details. Q&A with Marie Losier. 2011. 74 min. 7:00 pm.
Modern-Day Méliès: Visual Effects Artist Rob Legato at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. VFX artist Rob Legato presents behind-the-scenes footage from Hugo. 7:00 pm.


The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula & Noël Burch) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2010. 112 min. 6:45 and 9:15 pm.
 (Markus Schleinzer) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Talking Landscape: Early Media Work, 1974-1984 (Andrea Callard) at Maysles CinemaDetails. 2012. 80 min. 7:30 pm.
The Dish and the Spoon (Alison Bagnall) at reRunDetails. HD. 2011. 92 min. 7:00 pm.



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