Ark Star Wars on the History Channel: Memorial Day Special

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  1. hyperspace_police Jedi Master

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    From the blurbs here on the bottom of tfn:

    "30 years later ?

    Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi, Dan Rather, Peter Jackson,
    Camille Paglia and Other Thought Leaders Discuss the Charm, Enduring Impact and Mythic Underpinnings in Two-Hour Special

    On The History Channel®

    World Premiere Monday, May 28, at 9pm ET/PT

    Thirty years ago, an unheralded film known as Star Wars opened in theaters and took audiences on a groundbreaking journey to a galaxy far, far away. It instantly seized the public?s imagination, and three decades later still claims that grasp.
    Now, a new special from The History Channel seeks to understand why the emotional impact of the Star Wars Saga remains as relevant as ever. The two-hour special, STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED, is a World Premiere on The History Channel on Monday, May 28 at 9pm ET/PT.

    Through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics ? all of whom weigh in on the enduring appeal of George Lucas?s creations ? the special demonstrates that Star Wars isn?t just a high-action adventure in space. It?s a remarkably complex and sophisticated story about power, politics, sin, spirituality and redemption?almost Shakespearean in its power, humor, presentation and influence.

    The special makes the argument that Star Wars? intensely compelling stories?borrowed from diverse traditions, from Greek mythology and American westerns to the Bible and even Vaudeville?compel us to explore some of the biggest questions of our time. STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED explores that view through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics, who all weigh in on the creations of George Lucas. The special shows how seldom a movie can make us laugh and think about our role in the universe?which may be why it has stood the test of time.

    ?The enduring appeal of Star Wars,? says Tom Brokaw, ?is that it?s this vastly entertaining piece of cinema that also leaves you ? with the idea that there are some real issues out there that we ought to be thinking about?good and evil, and right and wrong, and heroism. Generations of people a long time from now will be enthralled by it, just as we are enthralled by the story of Robin Hood or King Arthur?s Court or any of the Shakespearean tales.?
    The special unites a diverse group of high-profile Star Wars fans, from filmmakers to politicians to journalists. Their comments punctuate the still jaw-dropping footage from all six episodes of the Star Wars Saga.

    ?The idea of the underdog who?s on the right side defeating the overdog who?s on the wrong side is a deeply American mythology,? says former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who climbed a high political fence to agree with current Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the movies? impact. Says Pelosi: ?The legacy of George Lucas fits very comfortably among the classics of all time, whether ancient or modern. ?
    Adds Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson: ?You don?t even have to ask, ?Will it stand the test of time?? It has and it will.?
    This action-adventure film with lighthearted moments and touching purity, demands that we focus on current fundamental themes, including environmentalism, racism and the temptations of power and greed. As author Carl Silvio notes, at times the movies seem prophetic: ?In Revenge of the Sith, when we hear Anakin say, ?You?re either with me or against me,? it?s almost impossible not to hear that quote and think of another very famous quote,? a point the special underscores with a clip of President George W. Bush?s November 2001 news-conference quote: ?You are either with us or you are against us in the fight against terror.?

    The dichotomies of good vs. evil and mechanism vs. humanity is apparent throughout the movies, which carry themes of politics and power. In the Star Wars universe, dictators are ruthless yet charismatic, and while some politicians are well-meaning, as Princess Leia Organa demonstrates, leaders are born fro
  2. Peanut_Butter_Time Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 6, 2007
    I have a copy of this and the show before it where they show how the mechanics of real life are compared to the movies if anyone wants to see it let me know and I can either let you borrow it or make a copy
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