Looking too closely
- The public lending library wants its books and videos back, so I am
under a bit of a time crunch, but I have a follow up thought from last
time's blog about The Empire Strikes Back.
This is just my opinion. As I've said, I'm researching what I
consider cinema history's best sword fights to try and figure out what
the most "sexy" fencing moves are, who made them, and how I'd put the
action into words.
I mean, "He thrust in tierce, and he parried in quarte" (if that's
possible anyway) isn't going to communicate to the average reader what
is going on, is it?
So, I was watching TESB, frame by frame, and in my opinion... I might
be mistaken ... the champion fencer Bob Anderson was inside Darth
Vader's mask for the really, really cool duel scene in the Han Solo
carbonfreezing room (which is not a revelation, Richard Cohen wrote
about that), but someone else wielded the light saber for the scene on
the inspection platform.
In the first scene, Darth Vader appeared to hold his light saber in
one hand, in the other he used both. In the first, there was a great
deal of wrist action, and the saber moved in smooth, efficient arcs.
In the second, it was like Darth Vader was splitting tree trunks for
I hope this doesn't ruin anyone's enjoyment! It's a marvellous movie.
By the way, did I mention the Dorchester book club, and the
increasingly lively Dorchester forums? Deborah Anne MacGillivray (A
Restless Knight, The Legend of Falgannon Isle) and I have been
chatting quite a lot on the threads there.
forums@... is the link, I think.