Thursday, August 21, 2008

Filmic Coincidences

This has been covered before by others, but is worthwhile to again notice the distinct similarity between Hans Pölzig's Großes Schauspielhaus (1919) and the interior of Emperor Shaddam IV's spaceship in David Lynch's Dune (1984).

The spaceship throneroom From Dune:

Reverend Mother Ramallo (Silvana Mangano, L) and Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer, R), from Dune (1984) (Source)

Ferrer in the throne room (Source)

And still another screen capture (Source)

The most obvious similarity between the set design and art direction for Dune and the Großes Schauspielhaus is the use of stalactite forms.

Pölzig's interior to the Schauspielhaus:

For those of you who keep track on these types of things, Dune's production designer was Anthony (Tony) Masters, who also worked on Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).


sevensixfive said...

Tracking stalactite columns - you probably know that these both might have developed independently from a common ancestor: the Lions Court at the Alhambra:

... and of course further back from there into the depths of islamic architecture ...

enrique said...

The Alhambra? What Frank Herbert novel is that from?