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Star Wars Saturday: The Dissolve asks “Why Star Wars?”

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The Dissolve is a fantastic movie critic site. They have reviews, news, features, even a movie of the week that gets deep treatment. They are serious and funny and are fans of quality cinema whether a blockbuster, a cult favorite, or from the art house.

apg_star_wars_ll_131028_16x9_9921Editorial director Keith Phipps has been writing a series called Laser Age which “examines a rich period in the history of science-fiction filmmaking that began in the late 1960s and faded away by the mid-1980s. The most recent article in the series tackles the question of why Star Wars had the impact it did.

He takes an in-depth look at the zeitgeist of 1977, attempting to figure out the components that made Star Wars more than any other science fiction film of the day. What made it become a cultural phenomenon? Phipps examines the importance of timing, the beauty of synthesis, and the in medias res nature of the narrative as all contributing to Star Wars’s popularity.

On its way toward becoming a cultural phenomenon—and altering the direction of big-screen science fiction in the process—George Lucas’ space opera went through some surprising iterations that reflected its era more closely.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, especially an old school one, this is an article you’ll want to devour.


Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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