Steampunk Thursdays

Dune, Spice Guild 3rd Stage Navigator

The Steampunk folder on my desk is filling up fast, and it’s time to lance the boil. We begin with what I consider the ur-Steampunk film, David Lynch’s original cut of Dune. Evidence: the Spice Guild 3rd Stage Navigator – was it Pauline Kael who first nailed this as a flying talking vagina? – and the best part this scene when the Clive Barkerettes swept up the leaking spice as they towed the Navigator’s Victorian vitrine out, as if sealants will be unknown in twenty centuries. Isn’t this exactly how the “Mister Peabody” segments from Rocky & Bullwinkle used to end?