New Uncanny Film Essay: The Aesthetics of Spectacle: A Look at Dune in 1984 and 2024

Over at the Uncanny Magazine site, I’m continuing my essays on science fiction and fantasy film by doing a compare and contrast on how the Dune films of 1984 and the 2020s handle spectacle, and how the aesthetic choices of each are bounded by what what the concept of “spectacle” meant in each of their respective eras — and by what “it “spectacle” meant to the filmmakers, including some who are not the directors of these respective films. Come get nerdy with me about this: the essay is at this link.

— JS