While George Lucas may have some skill at constructing classic storylines (with the appropriate thanks to Joseph Campbell), most people would agree that his dialogue writing is not as honed. It was Harrison Ford who once told the writer/producer/director “You can type this shit, but you don’t have to say it.”
Well, if there’s ever any demonstration that proves where lucas’ strength lies, it’s in the following video found on (Where else?) Youtube.com. Titled, appropriately enough, “Silent Star Wars,” it distills Lucas’ six-hour plus original Star Wars trilogy to a one minute and fifeteen second silent short. Sure it’s done in a jokey manner, complete with sped-up motion and grainy black and white footage, it still manages to convey most of the major storypoints of the saga without a single word of dialogue uttered or appearing as an intertitle card.