The Mos Eisley cantina isn't just a hive of scum and villainy, it's also where a number of western, middle-eastern and eastern influences converge in rapid succession.

Mos Eisley is the nexus of Star Wars's western, middle-eastern and eastern influences.

At once a traditional cantina as seen in any number of westerns, it's also the first time we experience the lightsaber in play. Here is the cantina sequence intercut with CasablancaThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Magnificent Seven and Yojimbo.

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