Esoteric Hollywood: Gandahar, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Star Wars

Jay Dyer and Jennifer Sodini of discuss three films of note: Gandahar, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Star Wars for their deeper significance.

In fact, not only are these films irredeemably bizarre, they also demonstrate deep occult notions, and Willy Wonka in particular (written by British Intelligence Agent Roald Dahl), a favorite amongst traumatized kids and those in the mood to get stoned. To hear my full interviews and lectures, subscribe at for 4.95 a month.

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Gandahar is a 1988 French animated science fiction and fantasy film. The original version was directed by René Laloux, and was based on Jean-Pierre Andrevon’s novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar.

An English version was directed by Harvey Weinstein and produced by Bob Weinstein, while noted science-fiction author Isaac Asimov made the revision of the translation.

An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

willy wonkaWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American-British musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

It is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

The film is a children’s musical, and Dahl wr0te the screenplay himself. However, the title was changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in order to promote a candy tie-in.

star_warsThe first film in the series, Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope), was released on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy.

The stormtroopers from the movies share a name with the Nazi stormtroopers. Imperial officers’ uniforms also resemble some historical German Army uniforms and the political and security officers of the Empire resemble the black clad SS down to the imitation silver death’s head insignia on their officer’s caps.

World War II terms were used for names in Star Wars; examples include the planets Kessel (a term that refers to a group of encircled forces), Hoth (Hermann Hoth was a German general who served on the snow laden Eastern Front), and Tatooine (Tataouine – a province south of Tunis in Tunisia, roughly where Lucas filmed for the planet; Libya was a WWII arena of war).[32]

Palpatine being Chancellor before becoming Emperor mirrors Adolf Hitler‘s role as Chancellor before appointing himself Dictator.

The Great Jedi Purge alludes to the events of The Holocaust, the Great Purge, the Cultural Revolution, and the Night of the Long Knives.

In addition, Lucas himself has drawn parallels between Palpatine and his rise to power to historical dictators such as Julius CaesarNapoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler.

The final medal awarding scene in A New Hope, however, references Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will.[33] The space battles in A New Hope were based on filmed World War I and World War II dogfights.[34]

Continuing the use of Nazi inspiration for the Empire, J. J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has said that the First Order, an Imperial offshoot which will possibly serve as the main antagonist of the sequel trilogy, is also inspired by another aspect of the Nazi regime. Abrams spoke of how several Nazis fled to Argentina after the war and he claims that the concept for the First Order came from conversations between the scriptwriters about what would have happened if they had started working together again.[35] (wikipedia)

(…what would have happened, Indeed!?)

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