Star Wars is George Lucas’ greatest achievement, but it actually owes many of its story themes and rhythms to the director’s first film, THX-1138.
Star Wars It is George Lucas’ most acclaimed achievement, but owes many of its themes to his directorial debut, THX 1138. More important than the multiple hidden and oblique references to the title of the 1971 film in Star Wars films (and the inspiration for his THX theater sound system), the thematic elements of his first studio film are repeated throughout the original and prequel trilogies.
THX 1138 It was a box office disappointment for Warner Brothers, the beginning and end of their association with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, and since Warner executives had no idea how to market it, Lucas was doubly outraged when they cut five minutes from the finished product. . making an already challenging movie even more incomprehensible. But a review of today’s film reveals many clear themes that Lucas recycled from his dystopian vision of the future for use in the Star Wars galaxy, set a long time ago and far, far away.
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The character THX 1138 finds himself in a jail he created after being incarcerated by the state.trapped in a cage with the door open, ”As posited by a commentator on a documentary included with the George Lucas Director’s Cut DVD. Similarly, in Star WarsLuke Skywalker is trapped on Tatooine only by an agreement with his uncle to work on the farm for another season before joining the Rebellion. “The only barrier is your own blindness, ”Think THX (in Ben Bova’s novel). Similarly, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke that “Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them” while attempting to lightsaber training while wearing a helmet with the protective shield down, obscuring his vision.
That “trapped but not trapped” theme comes up again in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, with Anakin Skywalker believing that he must embrace the dark side of the Force to save Padmé Amidala’s life, though she is not in danger until the Anakin Force himself drowns her (forbidden love is another theme in common with THX 1138). They are psychological prisons, but they are prisons anyway. Dale Pollock writes in his biography of Lucas, Skywalking, that he “The main theme of Star Wars, as in all Lucas films, is the acceptance of personal responsibility, the fact that you cannot run from your destiny. ” The director himself followed his fate by moving away from his hot little hometown of Modesto, California, refusing to run his father’s business and pursuing his dream.
Another theme shared between THX 1138 and the Star Wars Cinema is the domain of the cold, technology-driven authoritarian state. The “technological terrorThe Death Star, as Darth Vader calls it, is the ultimate symbol of the Empire’s reliance on technology to suppress the free will of its subjects. Of the ubiquitous clone-like Stormtroopers in A new hope to real clone troopers in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Y Revenge of the Sith to the seemingly infinite number of Trade Federation droids activated on Naboo in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, all of Lucas Star Wars Movies buzz with the idea that the state uses technology to stay in control. THX 1138 It also has robots used by the state, which do what they are ordered to do, whether to search for non-compliant citizens, torture them, or escort them for questioning and imprisonment or destruction. THX assembles these robots, and since the workers in this city / state are “programmed” via pills they are told to drink and voices broadcast around the world, they are practically “machines making machines”, like C- 3PO calls the assembly line. go to Geonosis at Attack of the clones.
From the reverse crawl that begins THX 1138 to “futuristic but also vivid” set design to high-speed climactic quest, there are many similarities between Lucas’s theatrical debut and the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies. In the DVD Director’s Cut release notes for THX 1138, Lucas wrote that the movie was “a metaphor for the way we live,“And reflected”fears and worries” on “a shift from individual creativity and achievement towards a corporate and consumer mindset. “These themes were repeated throughout Lucas Star Wars movies, albeit in a more subtle and fun way, as the Rebellion’s creative, organic and free-will approach destroys the Empire’s technological suppression.
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