starwarslscp_wideweb__430x308,1.jpgI'll refrain from making cynical witticisms about stormtroopers marching through the streets of France, but, well, stormtroopers marched through the streets of France tonight, to line the red carpet of the gala premiere of the final Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith. According to indieWIRE, loudspeakers blasted the ominous sound of Darth Vader's breath for an hour leading up to the arrivals, and after smiling for photographers, George Lucas, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen slipped behind the paparazzi to shake hands with the assembled masses.

In full-shill mode, Lucas also spoke at a press conference today, where he adressed questions regarding Sith's latent political content. Though he says the iimpetus for the series' tracking of a democracy-turned-dictatorship "really came out of Vietnam," the director admits that parellels to more current potential quagmires are not inapt. "When I wrote Star Wars, Iraq didn't exist. We were just funding Saddam Hussein and giving him weapons of mass destruction, we weren't worried about him. I didn't think it was going to get quite this close...Maybe the film will wake people to see how easily a democracy can be subverted."