I Am

by Blandy, David

Video 2003


In ‘i am’, Blandy investigates one of the primary character-forming factors in his development , the father/son relationship. Blandy explores the complex mix of competition, pride and love in this relationship through re-enacting a scene in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” with his own father (who is also an artist), where Darth Vader reveals that he is Luke Skywalker’s father. The scene has become iconic in popular culture, being quoted in “Toy Story 2”, “The Simpsons” and “3rd Rock from the Sun” (among others), but it is so memorable, and humourous, because the original scene is so emotionally wrought, and exceedingly shocking in a space adventure movie; The personification of evil is the progenitor of the “good” hero.


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