Sunday, December 13, 2015

Borrowings For A Franchise

Slate Magazine recounts the influences on the space movies that have made kajillions.

... We’ll need to imagine our way back to a galaxy, far, far away, when George Lucas was an artsy film student and budding bricoleur. By retracing the steps of his hero’s journey, from a farm town to blowing up the Death Star, we can unlearn what we have learned and see anew the power of Star Wars. ...

Slate notes Flash Gordon, John Ford, Kurosawa and Casablanca. I've always thought there was a bit of The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk in there as well, partciularly the Korngold scores influencing what John Williams did.

A lot of the above has been recounted before, but hey. It's Sunday night, and Disney's New Box Office Hope comes out in a handful of days, so I link to the piece.


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