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Added by Chuck Kahn

on 28 Apr 2009 02:35

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Movies that influenced Star Wars IV: A New Hope

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1. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Sidekicks accompany the hero on a mission to rescue a princess from an enemy fortress (Death Star).

title aka "Kakushi-toride no san-akunin"

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2. The Searchers (1956)
The fate of Aunt Beru & Uncle Owen took a cue from this film.
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3. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
There's a swing across a chasm that's very much like the one Luke & Leia would do 19 years later. Also, Harryhausen's stop motion Cyclops & Dragon would be at home on the Falcon's chess board.
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4. Scaramouche (1952)
Lots of swordfighting and mentor-ship and family revelations (okay, that's TESB).

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5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The first shot of the Discovery is very similar to the reveal of the Imperial Star Destroyer. Also "A New Hope" has many symmetrical widescreen compositions (see Leia feeding the plans to R2) similar to Kubrick's 2001 style.

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6. Triumph of the Will (1935)
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The medal ceremony at the end of A New Hope owes much to this movie.


The more movies made before 1977 that you watch, the more influences you'll find for "Star Wars IV: A New Hope"

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Posted: 6 years ago at May 14 7:04

The techniques and imagery would serve as example, and Leni Reifenstahl's influence can be found in many modern productions, from political campaign ads to the closing ceremonial scenes in Star Wars.

There is also WWII Gunner footage, which is directly copied (move for move) for the Luke/Han incoming Tie Fighter scene. Sadly I don't yet know the title of that one.
Posted: 6 years ago at May 17 1:06
Also the Death Star trench run mimicked the WWII movie The Dam Busters.
Posted: 6 years ago at May 17 1:12
Oh and George Lucas acknowledges his debt to Akira Kurosawa's Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958)
Posted: 6 years ago at May 17 4:07
I saw the Dam Busters -- I don't recall that much similarity to the Death Star trench.

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