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November 9, 2021

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Unlike the modern version the 1984 poster has darker elements, selling viewers more on the space aspect of the film than the desert.

“Dune” follows a fifteen-year-old boy named Paul Atredies on his journey to becoming the Emperor of the known universe. His story starts when he finds out his father, Duke Leto of House Atreides, has gotten a charter to mine spice, a powerful drug that enables space travel. This charter is on the planet Arrakis, better known as Dune. His mother Jessica, is part of the Bene Gesserit order, a mystical all female organization that manipulates the politics of the empire. This order believes in the coming of the Kwasitz Haderach, a boy foretold to be born with the ability to see into the past like the Bene Gesserit, and become the savior of the universe. 

 

On the planet Arrakis, the Harkonnen house has gotten rich off mining the spice there at the expense of its native people, the Fremen. When the Harkonnens learn House Atreides is coming to rule Arrakis they successfully sabotage the Atreides family after they arrive, killing the duke and stranding Paul and his Bene Gesserit mother, Jessica, in the vast desert of Arrakis. The Fremen eventually take them in and Paul works his way through the ranks of the Fremen, learning more about the ways of the Bene Gesserit, and falls in love with a Fremen girl named Chani. 

 

Two years pass, and Paul grows more powerful. Eventually, he decides to try to drink the water of life, which is fatal to males. He falls into a deep coma, survives, and becomes the Kawasitz Haderach. Later, the Emperor and House Harkonnen return to attempt to retake the planet from Paul and the Fremen. After a winning Fremen-style duel with Feyd-Rautha, the nephew of the leader of House Harkonnen, the Emperor allows Paul to marry his daughter, Princess Irulan, and take control of the empire.

 

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