May 16, 2005

Clarification

Whoa guys. I guess what I meant to say was its just a coinicidence! I definately agree that there are parallels between RofS and what is going on today in Iraq. I suppose I mis-spoke, or mis-typed rather (I knew I shouldn't have eaten that package of powdered gravy I found in the parking lot, and then go and post a comment, ugh, that made me sick).

Sure the film could resemble current events...but shit like this happens all the time! You could draw parallels with RofS and events in many different time periods.

On the plus side though you two earned some killer condescending points!

.....yes, yes, its all a rich tapestry--n'hey, the colors children, the colors....

Cheers!

Lucas, at a Cannes film festival press conference yesterday, said he first wrote the framework of Star Wars in 1971 when reacting to then-U.S. president Richard Nixon and the events of the Vietnam War. But the story still has relevance today, he said, and is part of a pattern he has noticed in history.

"I didn't think it was going to get quite this close," he said of the parallels between the Nixon era and the Bush presidency, which has been sacrificing freedoms in the interests of national security.

"It is just one of those re-occuring things. I hope this doesn't come true in our country. Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is . . . The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."

In the latest film, the Palpatine character takes over as ruler of the universe with the co-operation of the other politicians.

"Because this is the back story (of the Star Wars saga), one of the main features of the back story was to tell how the Republic became the Empire," Lucas said.

"At the time I did that, it was during the Vietnam War and the Nixon era. The issue was: How does a democracy turn itself over to a dictator? Not how does a dictator take over, but how does a democracy and Senate give it away?"

Lucas cited the Roman empire in the wake of Caesar's death, France after the revolution and Hitler's rise in Germany as historical examples of countries giving themselves over to dictators.

"They all seem to happen in the same way with the same issues: Threats from the outside; they need more control; and a democratic body not being able to function properly because everybody's squabbling."

3 comments:

Chris said...

Hey, T, I was just joking with my sarcastic response to your comment. I haven't actually seen Episode III yet. I thought that Episode II had some political overtones, but I felt like a lot of it came at the expense of coherence in the Star Wars universe. For instance, the fact the Amadala was elected to be the princess. What the hell?! I understand that democracy is on the march, but still.

The Craig said...

It's better than that. Amadala was a Queen who was elected and had term limits. That's called a president in the real world. My guess is that Lucas wanted the romance of a "princess" but made her elected cause face it a real King or Queen is just a dictator with a better taylor.

Laura McConnell said...

I'd apologize for being blatantly bitchy, but that might ruin my future credibility as a militant left-wing lesbian ;)