Dune Director Denis Villeneuve discusses Gom Jabbar’s pain test scene with Paul Atreides and Reverend Mother Mohiam. Based on the classic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, Dune is the story of two houses at war, fighting for control of Planet Arrakis (also known as Dune), which is the only known source of a mind-altering substance called Melange (the spice), which allows for increased mental acuity and the ability to travel interstellar. The film stars Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, heir to House Atreides, who must accept his destiny as leader and be chosen when he is taken from his home world and placed in a place of danger and mystery. The supporting cast is made up of Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Stellan Skarsgard and Dave Bautista.
Dune opens in theaters and on HBO Max today, with many fans looking for the similarities and differences from page to page. Villeneuve chose to shoot only the first half of the book, dividing the film into two chapters, rather than a single overloaded film based on a very dense novel. The risk is that the second chapter of Dune WB was unable to get the green light, leaving a big-budget open effort with no end. However, it was worth the risk that Villeneuve would adapt the novel as faithfully as possible.
In a new video of Vanity fair, Villeneuve discusses one of the most iconic scenes in the book, which is Gom Jabbar’s pain test with Paul Atreides and Reverend Mother Mohiam (played by Charlotte Rampling). The lengthy video offers a wealth of insight into the direction of the scene, as well as the director’s almost slavish devotion to the Dune source material. “Whenever I had a question or a doubt, I always came back to the book, even while I was filming, even when I was editing …” Villeneuve says in the video. He goes on to say that while filming the scene, Chalamet was “fearful” by actress Charlotte Rampling “really,“ which adds another layer to the scene. Look the following video:
In addition to talking about the Gom Jabbar scene and how he set up and filmed it, Villenueve also says that he is a huge fan of Dune author Frank Herbert, saying, “I have a deep, deep respect and admiration for [Frank Herbert]. He is one of my favorite authors. And I wanted to make sure that if I had seen this movie, I would feel that love. “ The director says he read the book 40 years ago and realizes that there are millions of fans like him, but as a director, he had a very specific audience in mind for the adaptation, saying: “For the first time I think I made this movie for just one member of the audience, which is me.”
The original 412-page novel may not seem as dense as something like game of Thrones, but the concepts, vocabulary and construction of the world realized in Herbert Dune-Uiverses are heavy and require a bit more investment than something much less ambitious. Villeneuve seems like the right kind of meticulous filmmaker one would want to have on a project like this, not just as a fan, but as a professional. The style, sensitivity and director’s understanding of the material below surface level are exactly what it takes to bring the world of the Dune to a wider audience. Depending on how the movie performs over the weekend, it will become apparent how well it accomplished that goal.
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Source: Vanity fair
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