George Lucas discusses how Joseph Campbell and his concept of the Monomyth (aka the Hero's Journey) and other concepts from mythology and religion shaped the Star Wars saga.
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George Lucas discusses how Joseph Campbell and his concept of the Monomyth (aka the Hero's Journey) and other concepts from mythology and religion shaped the Star Wars saga.

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1 September 2000 (USA)  »

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La mitologia di guerre stellari  »

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The bipolarity of star wars (vhs)
17 August 2016 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

This documentary is a must-see for all SW fans because it's the only dense, long, intellectual, philosophical speech about the franchise that I know and that features his father himself, Georges Lucas (who speaks by the way at his SW ranch that lies indeed in a beautiful natural location). When you hear him, you are really impressed by his culture, his wisdom, his humility and his convictions: the need for transcendence, the acceptance of others, the importance of family. Sure the first trilogy is built on those feelings and his second trilogy deals also with that. But the problem is that when you watch those prequels and all the following productions, all this background seems finally very, very far away. As the documentary was done at the release of Episode I, Lucas praises digital effects for Jar-Jar, Wattoo, describes the Gungan under-water realm as a deeply thought fantasy and shows Darth Maul as the universal evil and Jedi as galactic therapists! Well, no matter how he can greatly exposes his ideas, the fact remains that Episode I has a weak plot, with weak characters, very loosely tied together and with violence as the only cure. So at the end, SW has sure strong mythic foundations but it would be too much and surely wrong to say that all those movies are a mythology….


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