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One of the best aspects of Star Wars are the Lightsaber Duels.
In this video, we continue to break down the lightsaber battles in Star Was by creating a video essay that looks at the various components that make up a great lightsaber battle. Our filmmaking video essay looks at the directing, camera techniques, and production design of the Star Wars lightsaber duels so you can understand why they work so well.
The Lightsaber Battles took the excitement of classic fencing films and combined them with science fiction. Some of the lightsaber duels, like The Empire Strikes Back had the Cloud City lightsaber battle on the Bespin mining facility, mark some of the most important moments of the films. This is where we got to see Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker have their first lightsaber battle.
Similarly, you have the Revenge of the Sith duel on Mustafar between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. There are some lightsaber fights, like the Duel of the Fates in The Phantom Menace, where the skills of the combatants are on full display. Who doesn’t love watching as Darth Maul Lightsaber, fights off two Jedi in Qui Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. The lightsaber battles in all of the Star Wars films, whether they were made by Fox or Disney or Lucasfilm — all of them are symbolic of the eternal struggle between the light side and the dark side.
The lightsaber colors also play a part, and of course who could forget the first time they heard those iconic lightsaber sound effects.