Besides its plentiful action/adventure, the original trio of Stars Wars movies released also had a strong spiritual core. There was something more going on that just special effects and outer space chase scenes of bad guys chasing the heroes.
In 1988, PBS had a special that made you fall in love with the Star Wars trilogy all over again. Host/journalist Bill Moyers interviewed mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell.
Campbell enthusiastically talked about the mythology of Star Wars. So wise and passionate was this conversation that it made you want to rent the three movies and watch them all over again. Which I, for one, did.
Look and listen to this clip from the classic PBS special.
The conversation between Bill Moyers and George Lucas is on DVD.
The Power of Myth interviews are also on DVD. I highly recommend them to Star Wars fans. Be reminded of the spiritual and philosophical center of the original movies before the whole franchise got turned into a mighty engine to drive toy sales. I'm praying that Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives me the same kind of thrills and awe I got back in 1977. I can't wait to see it. I'm still a big fan. May the Force be with you.