According to numerous sources, George Lucas was inspired by the classic 1958 Japanese film, The Hidden Fortress. Much of the structure of A New Hope, including two comedic characters helping a kidnapped princess, a ruthless general, sword fights, and a seemingly unstoppable fortress were all translated into science fiction terms. Even the screen wipes were taken from Fortress. This mashup is a good way to quickly review how elements and even camera angles were adapted in Star Wars. It was edited by Eugene Baldovino for a class at the Academy of Art University in 1997.
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