Who knew that 'Star Wars: A New Hope' was actually about despair, ennui and the pain of existence?
Well, it is -- if you dub key scenes in French with quotes from Existentialist writer/philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, as an enterprising 'Star Wars' fan has.
Now, C-3PO and R2-D2's trek through the desert is about the agony of loneliness, while Princess Leia isn't conveying secret plans to Obi Wan but that existence itself nauseates her. (Sartre wrote a book entitled 'Nausea,' you know.)
And Darth Vader now mouths, "Hell is other people," the downbeat reality of Sartre's play 'No Exit.' Oddly enough, Han Solo seems to be the sole player who doesn't espouse existentialist theory. Perhaps he's a Hegelian?
Click for galactic ennui.
See also: '3eanuts' -- "Charles Schulz's Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters' expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all."