The daddy. Lucas took samurai action, WWII dogfights, Westerns and a liberal helping of hero myth academia to create the perfect event movie.
Typically, British audiences had to wait until December to see it, but Lucas’ success transformed the industry.
The Empire Strikes Back
is better. But
– or, if you insist,
A New Hope
– came first.
The Death Star, even if Luke misses it ‘cause his eyes are closed. Perhaps that's why Lucas made sure it
went out with a bang in the revamped version.
Vader’s true identity gives plenty of retrospective heft, but don’t underestimate the power of seeing Obi-Wan give his life for the cause.