Monday, June 27, 2005

Mounting The Attack

"Luke, at that speed do you think you'll be able to pull out in time?" --Biggs, Star Wars: A New Hope

Innocently watching x & y-wings penetrate the death star's defences a hundred times over as a child and Luke playing with his extended lightsabre, learning the ways of the force like his father before him, I sat blissfully unaware. I'm not sure when I first suspected there may be some underlying sexual elements in the Star Wars films, but I only seriously started reading things of that nature into the films after we had an in depth look at A New Hope in screen studies at university.

A friend of mine from that class even wrote his final paper on the sexual undertones present in Star Wars. I happened to chose a film quite a bit more sexually charged, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, with its numerous and blatant references to human sexuality. Star Wars I find is a little more subtle in its allusions, presenting our driving force, which "surrounds us and penetrates us" as something to master in order to conquer, by sexual conquest, the femininity of the cosmos.

Anyway, so I bought the Star Wars Trilogy box set with some of the money I got for my birthday and my weekend has been filled up with just about as much Star Wars as it can handle, watching all the movies and a few things on the special features dvd. The return of boyhood memories, innocent dreams of one day becoming a Jedi in the ways of the force.

May the force be with you, always. (Sorry couldn't resist)


"Hey, point that thing someplace else."

3 Comments:

Blogger katia said...

yeah, i know... when you look at the film using a freudian analysis.

but then again so many other films have a sexual or phalic undertones if you look at them with a freudian perspective.

then again you can look at the starwars films as being neo nazi aswell for how lucas completely copies scenes from leni riefenstahls "triumph of the will" ...

6/27/2005 09:07:00 am  
Blogger Jess said...

I'm not surprised you've managed to notice the sexual undertones in star wars, hell, I'd be thinking of ANYTHING underlying in the storyline to make those movies seem more interesting than they really are.

6/27/2005 07:12:00 pm  
Blogger Joshua said...

Yes Jessica, I'm sure if it had Robbie Williams in it, it'd be the greatest movie in the universe, right? You'd be seeing all kinds of sexual undertones in it then wouldn't ya?

:P

Right, now back to watching Leia on Jabba's sail barge.

6/27/2005 08:23:00 pm  

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