Is Episode 3 a parable on the death of democracy, or just not as disappointing as the previous two?
[Lucas] found historical echoes down the ages. “I looked at ancient Rome, and how, having got rid of kings, the Senate ended up with Caesar’s nephew as emperor … how democracy turns itself into a dictatorship. I also looked at revolutionary France … and Hitler.
“It tends to follow similar patterns. Threats from outside leading to the need for more control; democracy not being able to function properly because of internal squabbling.”
“I hope that situation never arises in our country,” he said. “Maybe the film will awaken people to this danger.”