May 16, 2005

Weinkauf Award Nominee

"Lucas' themes of democracy on the skids and a ruler preaching war to preserve the peace predate "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" by almost 30 years. Yet viewers Sunday — and Lucas himself — noted similarities between the final chapter of his sci-fi saga and our own troubled times. Cannes audiences made blunt comparisons between "Revenge of the Sith" — the story of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and the rise of an emperor through warmongering — to President Bush’s War on Terrorism and the invasion of Iraq"
-A supposedly objective news story that makes the OBVIOUS connection between “Star Wars”’ evil empire and Bush. Couldn't anyone take any movie villain and apply them to their favorite political opponent, and have it make about as much sense as this? (I heard about 200 different similar interpretations of "Lord of the Rings.")

And here I was hearing that Cannes was going to be “less political” this year.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 16, 2005 06:13 PM
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