The official web site of the Cannes Film Festival has a lot of cool pictures of the screening. Natalie Portman looks very different with her shaved head for the upcoming Wachowski brothers’ movie. George Lucas had the following to say about the political context of the film:
“Because this is the back story, and one of the main features of back story was to explain how the Republic became the Empire, at the time I did it, that was really during the Nixon years and the Vietnam War, the issue was how does a democracy turn itself over to a dictator. I began to study a great deal about things like ancient Rome and why did the Senate, after killing Cesar, turn around and give the government to his nephew; why did France after they got rid of the king and that whole system turn around and give it to Napoleon; the same thing in Germany with Hitler. You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship.”More pictures and reports from Cannes are here. Three days to go!