Star Wars, 1977, George Lucas

The Hero's Journey

From Ulysses to Skywalker


Thursday, January 18
10 am to 12 pm
Age 13 to 17

Hollywood loves old stories and often takes over their narrative structures. Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces from 1949 is a central work on exactly this tendency while George Lucas's Star Wars  marks a turning point after which more and more films are based on this recipe. This archetype can be found up until today and probably far into the future. The lecture will walk along the 12 stages suggested by Campbell by looking at a variety of different films to find out where creative potential can still be found and where the hero's journey becomes a dead blueprint.

Presented by Film Museum employee Andreas Eli