I’ve been thinking about a movie as a language lately.
There are people who don’t get a movie. And then I don’t talk about complicated, independent, surreal stuff, but mainstream movies.
Have you seen Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back? There is a scene with Luke Skywalker and Yoda at a place that is “strong with the dark side of the Force”. Luke walks in there, fights Darth Vader and wins.
That was what a relative of mine thought when she watched it. Then she could not get how Darth Vader could reappear, since he got his head chopped off earlier.
How do we know that Luke didn’t fight Darth Vader for real?
Because of these lines:
Luke: What's in there?
Yoda: Only what you take with you.
This is why a movie is a kind of language. You have to know the language to get the story. Everybody does not understand how to interpreter the dialog above. And for those who just loves movies it is so obvious what a line like that means that they don't even reflect about it.
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