Kendra Leonard (Loveland, OH)
George Lucas’s Star Wars IV: A New Hope was the movie hit of 1977. Its score, composed by John Williams, was equally popular, winning the Oscar for Best Film Score and three Grammy awards; the American Film Institute even declared it the greatest American movie score of all time. Parts of the soundtrack were disco-fied for the radio parties, and since its initial release, the soundtrack has never been out of print. In fact, Twentieth Century Fox Film Scores, RCA Victor, and Sony Classical have created several re-releases of the soundtrack containing new material, interviews, and other extras. Star Wars’ music has become iconic: you can get a ringtone of the Imperial motif, and I’ve seen wedding receptions where the newlyweds enter to the film’s main theme. But what does the music of the movie convey about its characters, their roles in the film, and their genders?