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Staw Wars Intertextuality
Transcript of Staw Wars Intertextuality
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Writer and Director
Consists of three main sections:
Inspiration from Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon Inspiration
Early 1970s > Determined to obtain rights to Flash Gordon
1971 > He registered the name “
The Star Wars
” with the Motion Picture Association of America
Lucas followed the same plot summary of
a group of heroes traveling to various locations across the galaxy to stop the plans of an evil emperor.
A group of heroes that travel in space to various locations to stop the plans of an evil emperor.
whose plot is highly linked to, Star Wars IV: A New Hope
General with spear
Master with lightsaber
Two generals duel each other
Obi-Wan and Darth Vader fight each other
"when I was doing the initial concept artwork for Star Wars, George had photographs of the Metropolis robot, which he said he'd like C-3P0 to look like, except that I should make it a boy”
- Ralph McQuarrie
McQuarrie C-3PO Drawings
Huey, Louie and Dewey
Silent Running 1972
“I need R2 D2”
“liked the idea you could gallivant around the galaxy”
- George Lucas
Created by Gene Roddenberry
a short shaft of stainless steel
" which can project a force field that can cut through anything.
Isaac Asimov, 'Lucky Star', 1950s
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Dashing captain of a flying saucer
Full of space soldiers visiting Altaria IV
Cavernous Death Star-like interior
similar cavernous interiors
War of the Worlds
1955 Classics Illustrated, issue 124
Star Wars Stormtroopers
Brainwashed, trained, outfitted
“Star Wars is a sort of compilation, but it’s never been put in one story before, never been put down on film.”
- George Lucas
Dale, Dr Zarkov, Flash
Hidden Fortress Summary
Star Wars IV: A New Hope Summary
War Films and Westerns
City of Krell, Forbidden Planet
Death Star, Star Wars