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Strap on your weirding modules and hold on to your decorative pugs: The Overlook, The A.V. Club’s ongoing exploration of neglected and under-appreciated films, is going live with a special screening of David Lynch’s ambitious 1984 sci-fi epic Dune at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on Saturday, October 1st.

A.V. Club film critic, Overlook concierge, and Dune apologist Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (a.k.a. me) will be presenting a 35mm theatrical cut print of the film—a fascinating and sometimes mesmerizing amalgam of decadence, grotesquerie, and interplanetary intrigue. Adapted from the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, Dune is set in the year 10,191 on the desert planet Arrakis, where noble houses and local freedom fighters battle for control of a drug-like psychotropic resource that makes space travel possible, all the while trying to avoid poisonings, telepathic spying, and the threat of phallic giant sandworms.

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Regardless of how you feel about it, Dune offers an experience unlike any other big-budget movie. As with all of Lynch’s film work, it’s best seen and heard in a darkened theater. There’ll be a special Overlook devoted to the film the week before (the scheduled entry on A Thief In The Night will instead run later), and a post-screening discussion of this most unusual of blockbuster wannabes.

Tickets and more information are available the Music Box’s website.

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