Star Wars - Breaking Down a Climatic Battle
Star Wars A History of The Climatic Battle

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In the final episode of this video essay series I breakdown the climactic Battle of Yavin sequence from George Lucas' 'Star Wars'. Support the channel + Extra Content - Here's the sequence without commentary - For educational purposes only. Follow Me: Sponsorship and business inquiries: Will Brooker: "The one element that Star Wars genuinely introduces to Lucas’s work, and that his previous films, from shorts to features, all lack, is a direct, linear and conventional storyline, created through the condensation of several earlier adventure stories into a powerful narrative structure: the simple fable of a young man leaving his home, finding his destiny, assembling a team and taking up the fight against an enemy. Its explicit aim was to provide a modern fairy story for a generation that had grown up without them." *Edit: I mistakenly refer to Flash Gordon as a "TV serial". It was actually a film/cinema serial. Further Viewing: Star Wars: Empire of Dreams - George Lucas and Charlie Rose - George Lucas and Bill Moyers - Film/TV References: Flash Gordon (Stephani, 1936) The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz/Keighley, 1938) The Dam Busters (Anderson, 1955) The Searchers (Ford,1956) Paths of Glory (Kubrick, 1957) The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa, 1958) 633 Squadron (Grauman 1964) Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (Lucas, 1967) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) THX 1138 (Lucas, 1971) The Godfather (Coppola, 1972) American Graffiti (Lucas, 1973) Chinatown (1974, Polanski) Jaws (Spielberg, 1975) Star Wars (Lucas, 1977) Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Lucas,1980) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Lucas, 1983) Top Gun (Scott, 1986) The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese, 1988) Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg, 1998) The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998) Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Lucas, 1999) Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (Lucas, 2002) Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Lucas, 2005) Wars of the Worlds (Spielberg, 2005)


Mitch Metivier : This video & entire channel deserves SO much more attention and views than it currently does. Loved the video!! Keep up the fantastic work!

JimmyDThing : I'm more on Spielberg's side: "Of course every war movie, good or bad, is an anti-war movie.”

Ted Naifeh : I can't believe these videos aren't getting more exposure. This is excellent work. I didn't think there was any angle around Star Wars I hadn't considered before, or hadn't been covered. But you uncovered a few. Specifically, looking at the image and concept-based THX and the character-focused American Graffiti as the two sides of Lucas's psyche is inspired. Three years on, your insight into Lucas's technical vs humanistic approach to storytelling becomes even more relevant. It never occurred to me before, but what is old Luke but a reflection of the embittered Lucas, dissatisfied with the failures of the prequel trilogy, cutting himself off from Star Wars? Through that lens, this portrayal becomes an honest but loving celebration of Lucas's legacy as we say goodbye to his tenure on the franchise he created.

leebedon : Great video! I just suscribed and watched all the other videos. I'm expectating about your upcoming work. One question: Where can i find the interview that plays at 11:02?

Donkey : How do you write/structure your analysis videos?

bob polo : I dislike the black and white ideology of star wars. The force is good, the darkside is bad. In reality, there are no bad people, only people corrupted by bad ideas. We never get a thorough examination of the dark side's position, other than murder death kill. No humanization whatsoever, other than vader. Surface writing at its finest

JohnnieZuKo : Really, tell me this not the final ep. Of this series? I mean there's so many movies you got to break down. Indiana jones, Fargo, 3:10 to Yuma, evil dead, Rambo, rocky, sexy beast, l.a. Confidential, training day, glory road,... Plz keep this going for us true cinephiles and movie buffs..