December 3, 2008

A Long Time Ago, In A White Cube Far, Far Away

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Wait, The Empire was the US and the Rebellion was the North Vietnamese, but Lucas only put them in space after Hollywood suits wouldn't let him make Apocalypse Now? And the grunge was a simultaneous obeisance and refutation of the antiseptic future of Stanley Kubrick's 2001, which like half Lucas's crew had worked on? What next, John Powers, that Leia was actually his sister?

Duh. Also, the Deathstar is Judd, the Millennium Falcon is Smithson--and Bob Morris is Obiwan Freakin' Kenobi, Jedi Freaking Master.

I've watched and discussed and swooned for months as Powers shaped his analysis, and I'm still floored and fascinated by it. I can't think of any other example of scholarship that approaches this formative film with such seriousness and wit. I can't wait for it to be turned into an a capella ditty and/or toaster.

Star Wars: A New Heap, by John Powers [triple canopy]

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