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5.0 out of 5 stars Things about Star Wars you never thought about
This is a book that takes Episode IV apart and explains it to you in details you never thought of. George Lucas's previous films and his character are compared and contrasted. The Empire is all about neatness and clean lines whilst the Rebels are ramshackle. So Princess Leia and C3PO are in their proper environment when they're in the Death Star, but ultimately the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars star wars book
seemed to be fine, as requested Christmas present cannot really comment further.The book seemed rather flimsy but my son said it was fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Things about Star Wars you never thought about, 22 Dec 2009
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Timothy Gowen "Tim Gowen" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Wars (BFI Film Classics) (Paperback)
This is a book that takes Episode IV apart and explains it to you in details you never thought of. George Lucas's previous films and his character are compared and contrasted. The Empire is all about neatness and clean lines whilst the Rebels are ramshackle. So Princess Leia and C3PO are in their proper environment when they're in the Death Star, but ultimately the ramshackle rebels take it down. The two sides in the war are all part of George Lucas's psyche.

This is the one part of the book which has stuck in my mind more than any other. It's a very entertaining read and if you love the film - or the original trilogy - you should definitely read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A serious analysis of Star Wars, 22 Dec 2011
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David Hampson "kuma" (Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Most of these BFI monographs meander between fannish gushing and a grade B student essay and bring very little new analysis to the table. Will Brooker's Star Wars thankfully does not lean this way and is the best of this series I've yet to read. As Brooker writes in the introductory chapter, there is a huge wealth of written material on Star Wars, but there is almost a total absence of critical film analysis, the only serious writings being ones which concentrate on the film as cultural phenomenon and more often than not do this with the judgment that the film is flimsy and inconsequential as a piece of film art.
The book looks at the film in terms of George Lucas as an auteur, particularly focussing on him regarding himself as being an experimental, solitary filmmaker (despite working within the Hollywood system) and examining the film within the context of both his early experimental work and his latter mainstream work. It also examines the editing and composition of shots in the film and how they were influenced by many classic works in the cinema, appropriating many of its shots tooth and nail from earlier classic films like The Searchers and 633 Squadron - one interesting point is that the Death Star sequence was derived from a montage of old war movie dogfights which Lucas edited together to show what he wanted.
Its an interesting read and it is likely that both the fan and the serious student of film will learn something new from this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars star wars book, 31 Dec 2012
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seemed to be fine, as requested Christmas present cannot really comment further.The book seemed rather flimsy but my son said it was fine.
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