Rating: PG, Time: 2hr 1min, Director: George Lucas, Cast on IMDb
So what did you make of the archetypes in this film?
This is one of the films that kicked off the longest lived film franchises ever. Up to this point, most actors and directors were not excited about doing sequels because the energy dies out quickly and becomes cliche by the 2nd and 3rd films. Star wars broke through this barrier. One of the ways that Lucas was able to do this, was using myths of multiple cultures blended together. You have the Jedi knight, which Japan and all of Europe share heritage of a feudal society of knights with metal sabers, replaced by light sabers. A princess in distress is a basis of a number of stories, one of the most famous being the battle of Troy. The semi-religious force transcends Buddhism and Shintoism. The ghosts of former parents and guardians throws back to family worship in China and Japan. The music and storm troopers recall the evilness of the Nazi Empire.
What about all the foreign languages in the film?
Another really genius move of Lucas was to have multiple languages: species, robots and even computer systems. One of the most iconic is Chewbacca, a wookie, that is a large ape like species that grunts, whines and moans like a bear in some type of language the other characters like Han Solo understands, but Luke Skywalker does not. Almost all films had used subtitles for any languages used. The 1970s had many more European films playing in native languages in the US then nowadays in the cinema. Of course, with modern day downloading and streaming you can watch almost any film in any language you want.
How necessary are the droids in the films?
R2D2 and C3PO are quintessential to the series and have been in every version of Starwars. I think maybe some of the derivative films they make less sense to include, but they are adorable. C3PO is this robot of 6 million languages that is always doubting others, himself and not accepting blame for anything that happens to others. R2D2 is more a pure computer systems robot that is really quite brave and feels guilty and sads. The great thing here is R2D2 only beeps different sounds that everyone, but the audience understands. The audience merely picks up the intonation of the emotion in the sounds. The fact that these droids are stranded on a desert planet would in reality probably be a death sentence as the micro sand particles got into all the moving part joints and seized physical movement at a minimum. Lucas kind of talks about this when C3P0 gets an oil bath to get all the dust and sand out of his innards.
Are there other great characters that aren't human?
The ship the crew travels on is the Millenium Falcon, which has very fast speeds, that most people think is a hunk of junk funny enough. In the original film, they used footage of WWII dog fight battles to reenact how to film the battle scenes that are iconic. They even use the secret smuggling compartments to smuggle themselves into the deadly Death Star.
Another really interesting ship is the Death Star. This massive ship is the size of a small moon and capable of destroying entire planets away in one strike. In a way the Death Star is symbolic of the Cold War of the 1970s, where massive nuclear arms race led to the possibility of destroying the entire life on Earth if war ever broke out between the Super Powers. The princess is captured by the Empire, who is trying to locate the rebel base of operations to finalize their domination of the galaxy and end the Senate of the Old Republic.
Who is the major villain?
The major villain is Darth Vader, who leads the imperial forces searching for the stolen plans of the Death Star. He is absolutely ruthless in pursuit and tolerates no insubordination. In the opening scene, he hunts the ship escaping with the plans and captures the ship. He starts to interview everyone one by one until he finds the plans. Princess Leia cleverly stows the plans in two droids that escape down to the planet Tatooine.
How did Star Wars impact you? Did you do any art on this movie?
I saw this movie right before my parents separated, so I really related to the farm boy that loses his entire family onto a wild adventure. My mom got custody and took us 2 states away from my father, so I grew up only being able to see my dad sporadicallly. My mom always sold us on the dark side of my father (similar to Death Vader). Once I grew up, I realized she was the crazy one ironically enough and she had stolen my childhood from my normal dad thanks to the court system sexism bias to mothers despite mental instability. Later I moved myself to Europe to four countries and learned multiple languages, so I definitely identify with Luke Skywalker. Plus I had a killer mullet similar to his haircut.
I honestly didn't think to paint this film until I saw some work on eBay recently and thought, I could do that and like it. So I am doing a series on the film series. My first works will be from episode IV: A New Hope, which was the first film out although they made 3 prequels. My scene is from the moment Luke returns to the farm in a rush only to find his uncle Owen and Aunt Beru charred to death by the evil Empire storm troopers. In this moment, he decides to join the rebellion and help Obi-wan-kenobi get the plans to the rebellion.
Luke returns home - 8x10 inches
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