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Author Brooker, Will, 1970- author.

Title Star wars / Will Brooker
Published London, England : British Film Institute, 2009


Description 1 online resource (96 pages) : illustrations
Series BFI film classics
Contents Foreword to the 2020 edition -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Before Star Wars -- 2. Dirt -- 3. Order -- 4. Border Crossing -- Notes -- Credits -- Bibliography
Summary Critical studies of Star Wars have treated it as a cultural phenomenon, or in terms of its special effects, fans and merchandising, or as a film that marked the end of New Hollywood's innovation and the birth of the blockbuster. Will Brooker's illuminating study of the film takes issue with many of these commonly-held ideas and provides a close analysis of Star Wars as a film, carefully examining its shots, editing, sound design, cinematography and performances. Placing the film in the context of George Lucas's previous work, from his student shorts to his 1970s features, and the diverse influences that shaped his approach, from John Ford to Jean-Luc Godard, Brooker argues that Star Wars is not, as Lucas himself has claimed, a departure from his earlier cinema, but a continuation of his experiments with sound and image. He reveals Lucas's contradictory desires for total order and control, embodied by the Empire, and for the raw energy and creative improvisation of the Rebels. What seemed a simple fairy-tale becomes far more complex when we realise that the director is rooting for both sides; and this tension unsettles the saga as a whole, blurring the boundaries between Empire and Republic, dark side and light side, father and son
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed April 06, 2016)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-96)
Notes In English
Subject Lucas, George, 1944- -- Criticism and interpretation
Lucas, George, 1944-
Star wars (Motion picture)
Star wars (Motion picture)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book