Saturday, May 23, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Dersu Uzala!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, using STAR WARS as the starting point!

This week on EPISODE ZERO they explore the gorgeous and contemplative story of DERSU UZALA, a Russian film directed by Japanese master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa! This true story about a cartographer who befriends a small, uneducated, but impossibly brave and wise man in the wilds of Siberia was the direct influence for the creation of Yoda, and some of the most iconic moments in STAR WARS

And it may also be the key to unlocking the deeper meaning behind the different planets we visit in the franchise!

Give it a listen!

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