Re: Recent Reading
Posted by Steven on 27/11/2011, 23:11:23, in reply to "Re: Recent Reading"
I neglected to mention the most telling parallel in Star Wars as Parzival: At the beginning of both tales, Luke/Parzival is being raised in remote seclusion on a farm in the hopes he won't learn his father's true nature and want to follow in his footsteps as a [Jedi] knight. Nonetheless a chance encounter leads to his running off to try to become a knight. |
: Doing Wagner as a non-operatic film is an interesting
: idea. I had similar thoughts about Parzival while
: reading it.
: It's fascinating also to speculate how much influence
: these epics have actually had on films that, at first
: glance, are unrelated. "Star Wars," for
: example, has elements of both the Ring and Parzival.
: Star Wars as the Ring: Luke is Siegmund, princess
: Leia, his twin sister, is Sieglinde. They fall in
: love, not knowing that they are related. Luke/Siegmund
: has a magic sword and uses it to fight against his
: father Vader/Wotan. There is cutting off of hands.
: Star Wars as Parzival: Luke is Parzival, Han Solo is
: Gawan. They take separate paths on a similar quest.
: Luke/Parzival is on a spiritual quest and, along the
: way, learns the true identity of his father. He makes
: two visits, deep in the forest, to a reclusive
: ex-knight who becomes his tutor. Han/Gawan's goals are
: more secular and material, first involving a private
: feud. He is cocky and very direct in his approach to
: the ladies.
: There is also a wonderful episode in Parzival where
: Gawan seduces a beautiful and shapely young woman with
: a single kiss, immediately turning her against her own
: family. When they are surprised in their lovemaking by
: Gawan's enemies, she leads him to a tower where they
: defend themselves using an oversized chessboard as a
: shield and chess pieces as missiles. I immediately
: thought of all the James Bond movies where similar
: scenes have been played out.
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