Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis
In the distant year of 10191, all the planets of the known universe are under the control of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and the most important commodity in the universe is a substance called the spice melange, which is said to have the power of extending life, expanding the consciousness and even space-folding.
This spice is said to be produced only on the desert planet of Arrakis, also known as Dune, where the Fremen people have a prophecy of a man who will lead them to their true freedom.
A duke’s son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father’s evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and attempts to free their desert world from the emperor’s rule.
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being moved from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated.
That experience, plus attending art school in a particularly violent and run-down area of Philadelphia, inspired Eraserhead (1977), initially judged to be almost unreleasably weird. The enormous critical and commercial success of The Elephant Man (1980) led to Dune (1984), a hugely expensive commercial disaster, but Lynch redeemed himself with the now classic Blue Velvet (1986), his most personal and original work since his debut.
He most notably achieved a huge cult following with his surreal TV series Twin Peaks (1990), and is one of the few living auteurs who continually defies cinematic convention. His films represent his ideal that films, representing life, should be complex, and in some cases, inexplicable. Due to his decisive innovation and the beautiful confusion of his films, he will always be recognized as one of the most original, if not one of the greatest, filmmakers.