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SPECULATION Was the prince of Egypt and the exodus the main inspiration of the prequel trilogy.

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by Yoda's revenge, Nov 24, 2020.

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Do you think the star wars prequels were based on the prince of Egypt and the exodus mostly?

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  1. Yoda's revenge

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    Hello I have noticed things in the prequel trilogy that has led me to believe that the prince of Egypt and the book of exodus were the main inspiration of the prequel trillogy. For instance Moses was a slave child that was sent away from his mother in a basket down river to become the chosen one Anakin was slave that was taken from his mother to become the chosen one. Then to the scene that starts the second movie where Anakin jumps out of their vehicle it reminds me of the scene in the prince of Egypt where ramesses and Moses are having a chariot race at the begining. The part were he rescues his mother is based on the part where Moses kills the Egyptian slave beater. The part in the third movie were he kills the younglings is like in the exodus when Moses comes off the mountain and finds some of his people worshipping a false idol so he kills all the offenders. Order 66 was nothing more than the ten commandments.and in the end they flip obi wan and Anakin so that when he gets his legs cut off. Obi wan is now Moses walking away while Anakin is angry. Just like when in the end of prince of Egypt when ramesses is angry on a rock screaming MOSES!
    Or you can say the ramesses screaming scene was when Vader screamed NOOOOOOOOOOO.
    But what do you think. Did I miss a few if so what are they.
     
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    I strongly doubt that Lucas would have used Moses as an archetype for Anakin or Obi-Wan, though he did admit to making Anakin a "reverse Christ" kind of figure. Lucas has long admired the writings of Joseph Campbell, who tried to conflate all cultural heroes into one myth.
     
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    If the story of Exodus came into play, George was probably influenced by, not the Prince of Egypt, but The Ten Commandments starring Charton Heston, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Watch that movie closely and you will see several trademarks of the prequels, namely 50s-style dialogue of loyalty and moral pathways. Even the idea of having characters speak in front of open windows affront sprawling landscapes is similar to that film.

    I might also add that Ben Hurr seemed like another likely source of inspiration for Lucas. The relationship between Judah and Massalah is reminiscent of the Anakin/Kenobi relationship, and how the two men grow apart to become eventual enemies. (There is even one scene where Judah (also played by Charton Heston) looks up in anger, and it’s a dead ringer of Anakin’s crazed expression seconds before he slays the sand people. You can also see how Lucas got ideas for the Phantom Menace podrace from the chariot scene.
     
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    I was about to talk about this.

    Anakin x Sebulba in the pod racer arena is almost the same thing that Ben Hur x Messala in the chariot scene.
    The "pods/chariots" also get stick together.
     
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    No. The prequel trilogy is definitely full of christological elements. It's Lucas's pseudo-Buddhist critique of christianity.
     
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    Yes and no. Star Wars is Lucasfilm’s critique and celebration of a number of beliefs, world views, and pop culture. That’s what I find it laughable when new Star Wars is so hell-bent on imitating Westerns. These people clearly can’t see that Star Wars is more complex than a Han Solo gunslinger.
     
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    Star Wars has always imitated westerns as well as a number of other genre types. And it continues to do so. Many of the other genres are themselves influenced by westerns and vice versa. So it's not that laughable when you think about.

    I'm not sure what film you're referring to re Han. The Solo film certainly doesn't make a big deal about Han quick drawing until the one moment in the film when he needs it. That's the only recent film that even references it.

    As for the beliefs. I can't see much beside the christological allusions in Anakin and the pseudo Buddhist/oriental culture and philosophy of the jedi. (which is the main story). There is a slight hint of the Bedouin, no doubt inspired by Lawrence Of Arabia.
     
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