When most people say “Star Wars” it brings to life images of fascination, childhood whimsy and, for many of us, our first introduction into science fiction. Now throw “prequel” in there and you’ve got an abomination to God in the eyes of most nerds and the desire to force choke anyone who says otherwise.
In the opinion of controversial art critic Camille Paglia, however, one of the worst of George Lucas‘ franchise entries is actually the single greatest work of art in recent history. And given the title of this article, you probably already know what’s being brought up here is the dreaded Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
According to Paglia’s newest book, Glittering Images, the critic claims Revenge of the Sith as one of the premiere artistic works for our generation. In an interview with Vice, Camille praises the film for having some of the best examples of digital art in the modern era:
“The long finale of Revenge of the Sith has more inherent artistic value, emotional power, and global impact than anything by the artists you name. It’s because the art world has flat-lined and become an echo chamber of received opinion and toxic over-praise. It’s like the emperor’s new clothes — people are too intimidated to admit what they secretly think or what they might think with their blinders off…
I had considered using Japanese anime for the digital art chapter of the book, but it lacked the overwhelming operatic power and yes, seriousness of Lucas’s Revenge of the Sith.”
I couldn’t make this up if I tried for fear of a burning X-wing crashing on my front lawn. Did Paglia watch the same movie we’ve all cursed for the last seven years or was she on death sticks the whole time?
No, she was looking at it from an artistic angle and in her mind Revenge of the Sith held at least some kind of special meaning or symbolism that could make it the appear to be the best ever. Most of us would have never saw it the way she did, but it’s one person’s grand statement to the world. The odds of that actually being true however are approximately 3,720 to 1 and we’re not ones to listen to the odds.
What do you think? Is Camille actually making a good point or is this just an attempt to get a rise out of the art world?
Special thanks to Vice for conducting the original interview.