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Jake Unger 3/31/10 The Empire Strikes Back While many films depict a generation of the current time period in which a film is made, The Empire Strikes Back drew from influences in the past, and heavily influenced the society of the future. Much of the films story was drawn from “mythological stories and world religion… [and] elements of 1930s film serials such as Flash Gordon, a childhood favorite of Lucas’” (Wikipedia). However, the film’s most important legacy is its impact it had upon the present generation of the time, and the future generations to come in both society and in the film industry. Chuck Klosterman suggests The Empire Strikes Back, claims that the movie is not great for cinematic reasons, but for “thematic, social reasons…[w]hile "movies like Easy Rider and Saturday Night Fever painted living portraits for generations they represented in the present tense, The Empire Strikes Back might be the only example of a movie that set the social aesthetic for a generation coming in the future" (Chuck (2004-06-22).
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