Dune: Escaping into the realm of cinematic Arab subversion

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There are many reasons why Dune is considered the greatest science fiction novel ever written. A few of them might be why non-readers watching Denis Villeneuve’s $165 million part-one adaptation will find aspects of its intergalactic plot, messianic themes and warring characters somewhat similar to established films like Star Wars, Stargate or The Matrix. Frank Herbert’s seminal book, first published in 1965, walked so many future sci-fi properties could run. But Dune is not a novel to be adapted lightly. The foundational mythology, ecology, theology, politics, philosophy and history late auth…

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