Watch: The ‘Star Wars’ Climax and the Movies Behind It

Watch: The ‘Star Wars’ Climax and the Movies Behind It

It’s hard to watch the climactic scene in ‘Star Wars: Episode IV’ without breaking a sweat. Why is that? Is it the stakes involved in the story at this point, in which Luke’s quest to destroy the Death Star would read to anyone who had been paying attention as the one thing that could save all human and non-human life? Is it the pacing of the scene? The jump cuts? The constantly changing perspective? Or George Lucas’s shrewd assimilation of myriad influences into one burst of cinematic energy? Julian Palmer has chosen this scene as the final episode in his ‘Discarded Image’ series with 1848 Media, and fittingly: by the end of the scene, one really does feel stunned, wiped out, and, optimistically, gratified, to a degree with which few films of its era could compare. Palmer does an excellent job of exploring the scene, getting under its hood and finding out how it works, and, by extension, telling us quite a bit about Lucas himself, as well as the film’s historical context, in this piece: I look forward to seeing what Palmer will do next.  

Watch: The Early ‘Star Wars’ Images Predict the Later Ones

Watch: The Early ‘Star Wars’ Images Predict the Later Ones

Taking its inspiration from a quote by George Lucas in which he compares the way images echo each other in the ‘Star Wars’ films to the way they correspond in poetry, Pablo Fernández Eyre has produced a very persuasive video essay; watching the images cycle and reiterate themselves between the 1970s films and those of more recent times is a thrill. Enjoy!

Watch All Six ‘Star Wars’ Films at the Same Time. Literally.

Watch All Six ‘Star Wars’ Films at the Same Time. Literally.

Words to describe this film by ‘Archer’ animator Marcus Rosentrater, which superimposes all six ‘Star Wars’ movies, on top of each other, for a 2-hour 22-minute run time, could be: exhilarating. Exciting. Passionate. Detached. Confusing. Deranged. Brilliant. Turbulent. Regenerative. Transformative. Muddled. Cumulative. Or none of these, or maybe all of them at once, on top of each other. We’ve got R2D2 and C3PO melding into each other, sort of like Bergman’s ‘Persona,’ but different. Elsewhere, we’ve got Obi-Wan Kenobi having his head bisected by a large fighter plane. Anything you might imagine, in fact, you’ll find in here. So, watch it. You can focus on it, and slowly derange your senses. Or, you could use it as a backdrop, on a large-screen TV, as you do something mundane, like cleaning house or saving the galaxy.