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Oct. 23rd, 2009 04:47 pm
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  • George Lucas in Love - First short we've watched that I absolutely loved. However, this is not that shocking considering how I just finished filming a short where two teenage boys dressed as a Star Trek officer and Darth Vader duke it out to see who has the better sci fi legacy. Intertextual ftw. I love the concepts of intertextual and metatextual. It feels like you, as a viewer, and the director are sitting on a couch and giggling over in-jokes. Re film intertext specifically, it's a shared cultural experience at this point. We've moved on from shared experiential questions like "Where were you when you heard that JFK/John Lennon had died?" to "Did you see District 9? Wasn't it so awesome?" When I think about it, I guess it's kind of sad that we are such a tv/film oriented culture and have drifted away from other everyday forms of shared cultural experiences (examples: literature, events, religion). On the other hand, I'm in film school, so clearly I don't think it's that sad. On the third hand, intertext can require an extensive knowledge of world history, film, books, and current events depending on the sophistication of the piece, and be very clever ( ("God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money" - triple whammy, referencing Jews, Hollywood sequels and Star Trek: The Search for Spock all at once). I felt that George Lucas in Love did a wonderful job with most of the references. However, a few of the references really annoyed me, such as the Yoda professor. Lol at me quibbling over realism, but if the professor had been some old Asian dude that could hardly speak English, it would have played out better. Ditto for the Threepio and Artoo reference, the beeping was too silly and didn't work in the semi-realistic world of the film. Totally saw the twist with George and Marion being siblings from a mile off, but having them share a mother didn't work for me, as a) a mother would find it much harder to hide a secret like that, and b) there is no mother in the Original Trilogy (the Prequel Trilogy does not exist in my world, kthnx) and it would have been funnier to have their father walk in.
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