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In the opening scenes of “Dune,” the science-fiction epic that premieres this weekend in American theaters and on HBO Max, the character Chani, played by Zendaya, introduces viewers to her native planet. “My planet Arrakis is so beautiful when the sun is low,” Chani intones in a voice-over. “Rolling over the sands, you can see spice in the air.”
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