"Star Wars": Return of the Revision Film Review

"Star Wars": Return of the Revision
A critical analysis of the special edition of George Lucas' "Star Wars".
# 152532 | 1,086 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2013 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper discusses George Lucas' changes to his 1977 sci-fi epic "Star Wars", resulting in a re-release in major theaters with significant changes to mise-en-scene, narrative, sound and editing. The paper explores the story behind the special edition re-releases and discusses how the changes question the legitimacy of Lucas' intent to restore his original film; the paper argues that they demonstrate a director's fervent passion to achieve a particular vision. The paper argues that this approach is damaging to the film, because the audience has no basis by which to critique the film, and, the enhancements fail to significantly add to the film as a whole, coming across as decorative yet pointless visual demonstrations of technical aptitude. The paper concludes that Star Wars will always be a classic, but due to Lucas' meddling, it will forever be seen as another draft on the table.
The paper includes references as footnotes to the paper in place of a biography.

From the Paper:

"Many consider the original Star Wars trilogy to be a directorial masterpiece that changed the way in which films should be watched. Roger Ebert described that, "The magic of Star Wars is only dramatized by the special effects; the movie's heart is in its endearingly human (and non-human) people ." Indeed, the film's narrative approach is what captures the audience's attention and manages to hold it for an entire trilogy. Lucas' special effects, while groundbreaking, exist to enhance the film's plot. For Lucas to alter his original films seems odd considering the prestigious status they received worldwide. However, advances in technology tempted Lucas to rework several aspects of the first film, much to the chagrin of his fans .
"The story behind the Special Edition re-releases began in 1993, 4 years before the film's 20th anniversary. George Lucas' first son had not yet seen Star Wars, so as both a tribute to him and the upcoming memorial, Lucas approached Fox Studies to ask for a restoration of his film. Lucas' qualms regarding one scene in particular, the lack of a bustling city of Mos Eisley, enticed Lucas to look back into the vault and pull out the original negatives. With the frames horribly deteriorated by time, Lucas saw an opportunity to both restore the quality of the original films and simultaneously make small directorial changes to his project."

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  • Hearn, Marcus. The Cinema of George Lucas. 2005. p.183

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