Star Wars Archive: Never-ending Chronology is the second special focus followed by the Disney Legendary last year. Archiving project focuses on one topic such as film production, director, style and studio to record, preserve and reilluminate the subject. This year, we will present Star Wars series, the living legend of pop-culture.
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” If one were to write an article about Star Wars, it feels obligated to start with the series’ trademark prologue subtitles. Because Star Wars is a culture enjoyed by the entire world beyond just being a film.
There are interesting figures about the specific size of the “world.” Co-author of Nudge, Cass R. Sunstein revealed in his book The World According to Star Wars that the total revenues earned by the Star Wars franchise worldwide until early 2016 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still in theaters, was 30.2 billion USD. This figure fits in the middle of 193 countries in the world in terms of GDP, making Star Wars the myth of modern entertainment.
The start of the myth was a little depressing. When Star Wars creator George Lucas had the first preview of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope which had incomplete special effects, the reaction by participants was cold. “Why couldn’t you make it a little more artistic?” However, film critic Roger Ebert commented on the impact of the film after its release, “It has effectively end the golden ages of independent filmmaking which dominated the early 1970s and shifted the focus of film industry to large-scale special effect blockbusters.”
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood written by Peter Biskind mentions that George Lucas thought of the idea of Star Wars since he always wanted to make a film that combined 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and James Bond Series. George Lucas was a big fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey but he was not fond of the ambiguous story. Therefore, he made Star Wars to create a new myth that even children could understand.
“Myth” is the most important keyword to explain the Star Wars series in many ways. To develop the Star Wars story, George Lucas studied all books on fantasy and mythology including The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The World According to Star Wars explains that George Lucas referred to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and dramatized the hero’s journey in space into a modern mythology which becomes the first trilogy of the Star Wars episode.
Star Wars series has a unique production timeline. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope , Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was made prior to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Episode IV, V, VI deal with the battle between the stormtroopers led by Darth Vader and the Rebel Alliance with key members Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. Episode I, II, III deals with the transformation of Darth Vader as the love between Anakin Skywalker and Queen Amidala beyond the difference in social status fails. George Lucas said that Episode I, II, III was created later than Episode IV, V, VI because it required more advanced technology.
Fans of Star Wars say that Episode I, II, III which are heavily dependent on CG do not meet the appeal of Episode IV, V, VI. Star Wars, which does not rely on scientific reasoning, is closer to science ‘fiction’ as loud explosions happen in space in vacuum state and there are characters like anthropoid alien Chewbacca. Therefore, more people say that Episode IV, V, VI which depended on manual special effects are better suited to the world view of the series than the sophisticated CG.
This is supported by J.J. Abrams. He directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will direct the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (2019, Working Title). He is the front-runner in the latest trilogy participating as a producer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi . Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a story about the First Order of the Empire looking for missing Luke Skywalker, Rey who is selected by the Force, reformed First Order Finn and Resistance pilot Poe. Through this film, J. J. Abrams has inherited the world view from the classic trilogy and manual production. As a result, he was able to attract both old and new fans and reinstated the modern Star Wars myth that lost force after Episode I, II, III.
Contemporary Star Wars fans go beyond watching the film and cultivate into their own culture and play. On opening nights, they gather in front of the theater in their favorite character costumes and create fanfiction culture through novels, animations, parody films, and toys to keep the long-lasting images of the film and cosmically expand the Star Wars territory. If the classic trilogy that led the pioneering spirit of the American West into a pop culture set in space was very American, Star Wars with additional episodes is now an international event with fans around the world.
There will be a special showing of the 8 episodes of Star Wars at the Jeonju International Film Festival. May the Force Be with You! [HUH Nam-woong]
* The film with the special mark ( ) will be installed at the Expanded Plus. (Located at Factory of Contemporary Arts in Palbok)
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