Mark Hamill goofing off on set.
David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Alec Guinness (Ben Kenobi) rehearsing their duel for STAR WARS (1977).
Just when I thought I would never submit myself to a Star Wars video again, this little gem comes along. It’s an analysis of the storytelling methods in the original movie, but not from a Joseph Campbell framework, which is refreshing. Instead, the speaker breaks the movie down into sequences and analyzes the flow of the storytelling.
The speaker mainly comments on how characters are introduced to us (note it’s never in a star-worthy close-up or even with much hint that these characters will be important at all) and how exposition is best doled out in scenes that also feature conflict and strong mood (ex. Obi-wan’s explanation of the Force and the Jedi happens in a scene where Luke is keenly aware of how much he wishes he knew his father, giving the exposition a melancholy edge).
My favorite parts are when the speaker critiques certain “screenplay rules,” like having to make a character seem likable right away to get the audience to connect with them or dragging out the so-called “refusal of the call” to patience-testing proportions (in Star Wars, the refusal lasts less than two minutes).
I want to visit the parallel universe where Mifune!Obi-wan was a thing.
i recently found out that George Lucas orginally wanted Toshiro Mifune to play the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars movie because he was such of fan of the Akira Kurosawa films that he starred in and now i haven’t been able to stop thinking about an alternate universe where old Obi-Wan looks like this
and young Obi-Wan looks like this
You don’t know a thing about me. Where I’m from. What I’ve seen.