I got permission to start a new thread about this as it seems to be a very big, important part of the Saga so here it is: Upon re-watching the Saga recently I noticed something shocking... Throughout all 6 films a very consistent theme constantly going on in every single shot involves the characters progressing (or trying to progress) towards the right of the screen (forward) as well as ALL of the camera work and framing of basically every important shot/scene revolving around this theme of going from the left (the PT) and progressing towards the right (the end of the OT). Every single time the good guys loose they are taken back to the left by the evil characters or "bad guys" in the saga. Lucas seems to make the entire soul purpose of the bad characters (as specially in ANH and ESB) to escort the good characters "backwards" in their journey of trying to reach the end of the saga (which would be the ending of ROTJ). It seems to be crafted as a sort of dante's inferno journey through this fantasy land (the saga) where the good characters must make it out to the other side (which would be the ending of ROTJ). The very first shot in the Saga is the republic consular ship flying into frame FROM the left TOWARDS the right. They make there way down to naboo and we see shots (among many,many other shots) like the droid army pushing (right) towards theed "entering" the republic. Think of this as "the front gates of the republic" and if you just pay attention with this in mind you will see this keep going and going. Its a lot like dantes inferno in that we are taking a journey passing through these thresholds into this darkness and back out into the light again. We go from the land of green plains (naboo) and travel across lakes and through deaserts until we then must travel through the land of fire and into the "cold" (hoth, unsafe space) plains of the empire. This is why TESB is so dark, because if mustafar was the gates of hell than Hoth is "the eye" of hell (the empire). Watch ROTS from chapter 37 (padmes departure) to the end to quickly understand what Im talking about and your entire view of the saga will change! Keep in mind that its certainly not limited to the things I just happen to be able to list off the top of my head, it is constant but here are just a few key points for right now until I can re-watch a few more things: All in ROTS from chapter 37 onward: 1.Padmes ship (like many other ships and little clues all over the saga) actually makes an arrow pointing right. This even reveals itself in dialogue (also in many other instances all over the saga) when the caption warns her he is worrying about her going any further to the right. 2.You will notice the framing of the camera on Anakin and Obi-wan circling each other 3.You will notice when anakin is looking at the camera the camera work is telling you that he is looking "back" (to the left) with obi-wan standing on the right side and the volcanos over obi-wans shoulder in the distance represent what is "ahead" of them that they will have to cross. 4.you will notice anakin battling obi-wan towards the left, threw the hallway bringing him towards his new hell 5.They fall with the platform DOWN into "hell" 6.The lava is flowing to FROM LEFT TO RIGHT 7.Obi-wan sees the next "fall" this is symbolizing the sagas decent into a period of hell (the empire era) 8.anakin created this hell and it is his hell so he must go to the right and down with the rest of the saga "off the cliff" What happens next is a very clever visual metaphor for Darth Vader 8.Anakin fights the natural current with the help of technology (the droid he jumps on) and corruption of the force. 9.when anakin is burned he is reaching to the left and up at obi-wan who is walking away (towards the empire era) which is the course the story must now take. 10.We do see obi-wan going back left in the shot with him and 3PO flying away from mustafar but both the wipe and anakins hand "pulls" us forward. From this point on EVERYTHING keeps up this theme of left to right. Every direction the camera points or angles towards and EVERY direction people walk in! It is unbelievably consistent! The best part of this is that in the shot when vader rises on the platform THAT is the exact point of "the middle" of the Saga. Watch the camera work right before, during and then immediately after he rises. and so from that point on everyone then gos from looking/angling/leaning towards the right of the screen (forward) to now looking back (towards the left) while still moving forward weather it is them moving forward or the camera moving forward (which would be right) "past" them . This is because they have now "passed through the middle" and can go into the OT, empire era. What they are looking back on is "the middle point" they just passed through (which is the shot of vader rising on the platform). Another thing I noticed is that ANY time the camera ever breaks this pattern by pointing to, or going towards the left (back) it is at a circle or sphere! For example when vader and tarken and palpatine are looking back on the left the death star is in frame. Earlier in the film when general grevious returns to the sep base it is from right back to left but only because his destination is a circle (the droid control ship core). Which is (again) inside of ANOTHER CIRCLE, the big sinkhole. This still keeps going very strong in the OT all over the place as well. ANH begins with leia's rebel blockade runner "running" attempting to run left (which would be back) towards the republic trilogy (going from the right of the screen to the left). Symbolizing (if you didnt get it by now) how the rebels and leia are fighting for a time that has passed. The only way to go is "forward" towards ROTJ. You will notice that all the villains ever try to do all throughout ANH and TESB is capture the good guys and escort them "back" to the left. When we first see 3PO and R2 they are turning a corner from the left walking forward towards the right. The desert that 3PO crosses he is going right and the jawas (as well as a few other characters like lobot and boba fett) act as ferryman escorting the characters further to the right, forward into the saga. the jawa sandcrawler is an arrow pointing to the right when 3PO first sees it (it even has a little sparkle of light as a sort of hint) as well as every scene afterward. Any time the characters wander to the left they are threatened by sand people, jawas, stormtroopers, monsters exc. There is also a big theme of "guardians" guarding the "next level" that the hero's are trying to progress to. Sometimes they are just there to be symbolic standing there up against a wall (always on the right) holding a staff. Like the rebels in the scene in ANH where leia is greeted by the rebel commander on yavin 4. One of the best examples of this is Darth vader in the carbon freezing chamber. The first time we see the chamber (when han gets frozen) Vader walks in from the walkway and stairs on the left and (in the duel) stands guard at the other side at the top of the stairs that lead to a walkway going only towards the right. Luke cant beat him and is forced back down the stairs into a circle (!) if luke falls into the circle then by the rules of star wars his fate will change (maybe for the better maybe for the worse it always depends) but because he is able to jump out of it he is able to battle vader back. But then he gos through another circle (!) and so into vaders trap, the "spider web" (that famous window) which he is sucked out through (of course) to the left and down which leads (yet again) to an even greater circle. When luke dares to turn the corner to look for vader he is battled back to the right down the catwalk. Lucas has said in the dvd/blu-ray commentary that the whole point of cloud city is the motif of "hell" hidden inside the heart of what the characters think is "heaven". If you look at cloud city it is another arrow pointing down. Earlier Han and the gang was able to get away from the imperial fleet (going right getting chased by boba fett) but when he gets to cloud city it shows him going towards the left (danger!) and what does the voice from the cloud car tell him? "You will not deviate from your present course" And (as we know) they do not deviate. They have managed to get themselves as far towards the right as this dark movie will let them go until the next film. A few more from TESB: 1.)Vaders star destroyer is a big arrow pointing to the right all through out the film. 2.)The rebels must fight through the empire in order to get "forward" (right) during the battle of hoth 3.) The ion cannon (the circle on the side of the rebels) allows the rebel transport to move towards the right (forward). 4.)The stormtroopers (guardians escorting) are trying to take leia and the gang to vaders ship (to the left) but lobot and the cloud city guards step in and "outrank" these guardians and so they allow leia forward (right) again. 5.)When leia, lando and the gang are trying to escape bespin they are going left until she sees vaders ship and leia points and says "star destroyer!" and so are forced to turn right where vaders arrow shaped ship is pointing them. 6.)The rebel fleet at the end is pointing right (forward) but they are revolving around the bright galaxy (circle) luke and leia are looking at (light at the end of the tunnel?) so we still dont know if they are headed for better times or worse times. Ok so I think (hope) you get the idea by now. This is a very consistent, constant thing going on throughout the saga and until you notice it it is almost on a subconscious level. I can promise that if you watch any one of the films you will not ever be able to un-see this. I would love to hear what you guys think about this and discuss this further. Maybe list some things or pics of your own that you caught.