Scene Analysis: Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back

In this video essay, Rob Ager examines the iconic fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, tracking the setup of the scene before demonstrating director Irvin Kershner’s brilliant decision to stage the scene in a simple, minimal manner in order to focus attention on the drama at hand—the major reveal that Darth Vader is Luke’s father.

 

 


Harrison Ford


Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Star Wars Saga


Irvin Kershner


Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back