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‘Star Wars’ Gets the Ken Burns Treatment

'Star Wars' Gets the Ken Burns Treatment

Call it “The Star War.” The Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg, who’s interviewed Ken Burns many times and spent some time on the road through Charleston, South Carolina with him and Henry Louis Gates last week, joins with her Post colleagues to give the original “Star Wars” the Ken Burns treatment. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Burns parodies out there, but it’s still a kick to hear Luke Skywalker described as “a farm boy that went from shooting womp rats to executing a daring military maneuver that saved the Rebellion’s forces, and possibly the Rebellion itself,” as that ever-familiar mournful fiddle plays on the soundtrack. True to Burns’ method, the video even considers both sides of the rebellion, with conservative critic Sonny Bunch lamenting the treachery of the Rebellion and the senseless waste of Ewok life. Bringing up Jar Jar Binks, even in jest, still hurts a little, but it’s worth the pain.

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