The reason I have chosen to do “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” is because I find the way it is placed in the Quadrilogy. By This I mean that it’s the first ever star wars film, then it became a Trilogy and then after it became a Quadrilogy. The fact it has changed so much interests me a lot, for example the Narrative and 3 act structure would have changed from a single film into a trilogy. The story in a synopsis would be a young boy is found by a mysterious yet powerful figure and he is told his true past and heritage and decides to join this stranger on an adventure across the galaxy which winds up with the protagonist joining the Rebels in taking the infamous Empire and also learning who he really is.
“Star Wars 4” is a hybrid genre film and has Characteristics of Fantasy/Action/ Adventure. The film has many stereotypical signs within the film for example the feeling of traveling in space going to different planets which are all completely different to earth give it is Adventuring feel. This shows the viewer how much of an adventure you feel like you’re on which also falls into the Fantasy genre because while traveling to each of the worlds you also get to meet many different sentient beings which in the end all go to war towards a Dictatorship. This film does have your very wide “Formulaic elements” in it such as Luke being a nobody against the empire and then the loss of his master and friend all the way up to him becoming the hero of the galaxy by destroying a Empire death star. To summarise this film goes into the hybrid genre section but at the same time defies that of the Syntagmatic area of film but it doesn’t change it distractedly for example the good guys are overwhelmed and out matched and aliens are not all evil etc..
Connections to Folktale / Traditional Story / Myth:
Propp’s Character theory can be used here when it comes to connections to traditional stories.
1. Evil King (Darth Vader) 5. False Hero (None)
2. The Donor (Ben Kenobi) 6. The Dispatcher (R2-D2)
3. The Helper (Han Solo) 7. The Hero (Luke Skywalker)
4. The Princess (Princess Leia)
Now with Propp’s theory in play if you look at the outline of Star wars episode 4 it could be seen as your typical “Fairy tale” when “the Hero” gets sent off by the “The Dispatcher” and goes to save “The Princess” who is captured by “The Evil king” and he ends up saving her and taking down this evil king. Now with that being said it is rather easy to translate Star Wars Episode 4 into these traditional Fairy tales and myths.
Melodrama as a Story Mode:
When it comes deciding where my select film would go in the category genre of “Order” or “Integration” it would be easy to say it fits into the “Genre of Order” Which is the Action mode where the Setting is contested by both Rebels and the Empire. Many examples to back my idea up is that you have the “Hero”
This can be both the Rebel Alliance and Luke Skywalker.