Michael Heilemann

Like Father, Like Son

Lucas didn't always see Vader as Luke's father; so how did that idea come into being?

Michael Heilemann
Like Father, Like Son
Michael Heilemann

Fairytales & The Hero's Journey

Despite being substantially older than Star Wars, the Hero's Journey, also known as the mono myth, will forever be a part of Star Wars lore. But did Lucas actually employ it to 'design' Star Wars, or did he stumble upon it, and only later use it as a structuring tool?

Michael Heilemann
Fairytales & The Hero's Journey
Michael Heilemann

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

The first American fairytale, in its greatest silver screen presentation; a marvel of color and staging when it was first released in 1939. Perhaps not surprisingly, the first true American fairytale fueled another great American fairytale; here's how.

Michael Heilemann
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Michael Heilemann

There Was Once a Certain Kind of Cinema

Christopher Frayling called him 'the first post-modern film maker' and as such Sergio Leone had an underrated and overlooked influence on Star Wars. How a samurai became a cowboy, who became a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away.

Michael Heilemann
There Was Once a Certain Kind of Cinema