Big Bad Leroy Brown
|Title:||Big Bad Leroy Brown|
|Format:||VCR, digitally remastered|
|Music:||"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce|
|URL:||digital remastered version with edits|
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[The vid is an example of when] images are borrowed from their original narrative context and made to tell fundamentally different stories: ..."Big Bad Leroy Brown" reworks the futuristic images of Star Wars in terms of this contemporary ballad of urban crime and romance: the Death Star becomes "the south side of Chicago," Vader's TIE Fighter a "custom Continental," his light saber a "razor," and a succession of alien creatures "junkyard dogs."
Luke and Darth battle for the affections of Leia, with their confrontation from The Empire Strikes Back re-edited to suggest Skywalker's triumph. [The vidder never] completely divorces these images from their original meanings. Rather, their videos play upon the reader's ability to see these images as simultaneously contributing to a new narrative and bearing memories of their status in a very different context.