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Personal Narrative: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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I love movies. For as long as I can remember, I’ve harvested a passionate, slightly embarrassing obsession with film. The way in which cinema can paint such vivid and beautiful moving images, portray moving stories containing a wide range of emotion and narrative threads, leaving a long-term impact on the viewer, all within a runtime of two hours or so, captured my fascination at an early age. This fascination continues to this day. While I cannot state for certain the first film I ever watched (My parents seem to think it was either Disney’s animated princess flick Mulan or The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy), I can most definitely remember the first film that left a lasting impression on my youthful mind, in addition to inspiring me until this day. Released in 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is by far one of my favorite movies of all time. A definite classic in many regards, I often credit The Empire Strikes Back as the form of art that sparked my imagination, thus implanting my adolescent self with the undying desire to create. I can remember the moment quite clearly, though I…show more content…
Blues. Pinks. Reds. Greys. Over the course of my early childhood, I was painfully shy and utterly confused with how I fit into the world. Along with family, forgiveness, and grace, cinema helped define who I am today. As I’ve grown, other films have inspired me in a variety of ways – Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Rian Johnson’s Brick, Ridley Scott’s Alien, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and Boogie Nights to name a few – but none have maintained a longer, more substantial impact than The Empire Strikes Back. I predict I’ll credit the film as the source of my inspiration for many years to
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