Anyone who knows that I am a Star Wars fan, should also know that I am a Prequel lover and that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is my favorite Star Wars movie and one of my all time favorite movies. There are many reasons for this and I was recently reminded of some of them. In an article published on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website in October 2012, the author of the essay, Camila Paglia, enumerates on why Episode III is an artistic masterpiece.
The essay is lengthy and discusses George Lucas’ beginnings and how he came into Star Wars starting from Star Wars in 1977, but the end of the essay delves into Revenge of the Sith. This essay is actually an excerpt from her book, “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars”, which I have yet to read but plan to do so at some point.
Who is the greatest artist of our time? Normally, we would look to literature and the fine arts to make that judgment. But Pop Art’s happy marriage to commercial mass media marked the end of an era. The supreme artists of the half century following Jackson Pollock were not painters but innovators who had embraced technology—such as the film director Ingmar Bergman and the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. During the decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries, as the fine arts steadily shrank in visibility and importance, only one cultural figure had the pioneering boldness and world impact that we associate with the early masters of avant-garde modernism: George Lucas, an epic filmmaker who turned dazzling new technology into an expressive personal genre.