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‘Syriana’ (2005)

Even though ‘Syriana’ is the thematic sequel to writer-director Stephen Gaghan’s Oscar-winning ‘Traffic’, I’d almost rather write about movie, David Lynch’s ‘Dune’.

‘Syriana’ and ‘Dune’ are connected by the matter of Oil. While Gaghan’s 2 hour+ film is concerned with the literal politics of oil, Herbert’s novel and the resulting Lynch movie are something of a roman à clef for an economic and political paradigm that hadn’t yet fully emerged in 1965.

‘Dune’ illustrates a world – a galaxy, actually – where a powerful empire has come to depend on a remote desert planet for it’s sole natural resource – Spice, an alchemical resource that allows human space-farers to navigate the stars. [Read more →]