Ace Pilot - page 4

Regarding the scenes Lucas lifted directly from Hidden Fortress and other Kurosawa movies, I do have to wonder if part of the boldness of the swipes was a belief that the only Americans familiar with Kurosawa at that time were hardcore film nerds, and no one else would notice. It would have been extremely difficult in America in the 1970s to just watch Kurosawa on demand.

A modern audience, on the other hand, can more or less access any movie anywhere at any time. Would Lucas have tried to play the references more subtly if he were making New Hope today?

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