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Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars has captured the imagination of millions, even 27 years later.It is the movie that is the epitome of movie watching.When Star Wars was introduced it was light years ahead ofits time seemingly beamed from another galaxy.As a youngster I remember watching the film and becoming entranced in its power to pull me into this other universe.In order to gain a more firm grasp on why Star Wars has had such an impact on my viewing experience, I did a little footwork to find the answers.
If a film’s monetary success is any indication of its cultural impact, Star Wars is one of the most influential films ever.Canada and the U.S. alone in thefirst year of Star Wars: A New Hope totaled $216 million.
In 1977 there were no personal computers and no cell phones and Space Odyssey: 2001 was the space epic to beat.The public dealt with economic inflation and rising oil prices.The space race was over, but the cold war was on.During the decade Hollywood;s focused on downbeat and gritty films with antiheroes breaking all the rules.Through demographic marketing studies the studios realized that they needed more films aimed at the young crowd, and films made by the younger new and fresh talent.George Lucas was caught in the rise of young directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
George Lucas had unique vision that started with THX 1138 and came to a fruit in Star Wars.His intent was to make a Flash Gordon-like film and was influenced by Errol Flynn and philosopher Joseph Campbell.Joseph Campbell;s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces taught George everything he wanted to know about the structure and power of myth.George;s influence even stretched as far as historical Japan with Jedi arising from the term Jidai Geki meaning period drama and designated natural medieval.Star Wars draws on mythic and fairy-tale archetypes: a young orphan-hero; a my


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