Monday, February 13, 2006

See Luke Run. See Luke Jump. See Luke Hasten the Destruction of the Evil Galactic Empire.

By Conrad Spencer

It's become something of a Spencer family tradition to watch Star Wars movies regularly-- probably one every other weekend or so--at the request of my five year-old son, who never tires of them.

This weekend's selection (he can choose any of the original trilogy or Episode I--Episodes II and III being a bit too intense for a kindergartener) was Return of the Jedi, which in the first hour includes quite a bit of subtitled Jabba the Hut language.

I was busy cooking during this time, so young Ian was left to his own devices. Turns out that this is a great educational resource. Using the pause button to slow things down, he could read most of the subtitles. His kindergarten class hasn't got to contractions yet, so words like "I'm" and "you're" posed a bit of a problem until I explained them. Oddly enough, though, he read the phrase "bantha fodder" like he comes across it everyday.

For our next lesson, I'm considering either Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece, The Seventh Seal or Chase favorite, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2.


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