Star Wars in Context: Second Edition
Nader Elhefnawy, May 2, 2018 - 224 pages
We often hear about the inspirations for and impact of Star Wars, but most of the discussion tends to be vague, cursory--and ill-informed. STAR WARS IN CONTEXT aims to do better, explaining and in cases debunking what others tend to just assume. This second edition of the book, over twice the length of the original, not only updates the discussion but expands on it, covering such questions as:
* How did George Lucas's earlier films (THX 1138, American Graffiti) lead to Star Wars?
* In what ways did Akira Kurosawa's films, Joseph Campbell, Bruno Bettelheim, Carlos Castaneda and the James Bond movies actually influence the films' creation?
* Where did the idea of the Force come from, and why does it seem so vague and slippery? (As it happens, Castaneda had a lot to do with it.)
* Why did fans react so strongly against the prequels, and then become so much more accepting of them later?
* What part did Star Wars actually play in creating the movie blockbuster and film market as we now know it?
Going from Modernism to the globalization of the entertainment industry, from New Age mysticism to journalistic poptimism in its search for the answers, STAR WARS IN CONTEXT sets the record straight on all this, and much more.
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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
THE CINEMATIC LEGACY
THE DETRACTORS CASE
THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE PREQUELS
AFTER THE PREQUELS
AFTER ROGUE ONE