His philosophy of "ruling through fear of force", dubbed the Tarkin Doctrine, became central to Imperial policy and … Guided by the disembodied voice of Obi-Wan's spirit, Luke turns off his targeting computer and uses the Force to guide his torpedoes into the exhaust port, destroying the Death Star moments before it fires on the Rebel base.  Lucas believed that the film would portray visually foreign worlds, but that the musical score would give the audience an emotional familiarity; he wanted a grand musical sound for Star Wars. When adjusted for inflation, Star Wars is the second-highest-grossing film in North America (behind Gone with the Wind) and the fourth-highest-grossing film in the world. After disabling the tractor beam, Obi-Wan sacrifices his life in a lightsaber duel with Vader, allowing the rest of the group to escape the Death Star with Leia. , On April 7, 2015, Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm jointly announced the digital releases of the six released Star Wars films. For Lucas, this deal protected Star Wars's potential sequels and most of the merchandising profits.  Another source of influence was Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which inspired the film's visual approach, including long-lens desert shots.  Additionally, all six films were available for 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos streaming on Disney+ upon the service's launch on November 12, 2019.  Reynolds estimated this early cut contained "30-40%" different footage from the final cut, with most of the differences coming from extended cuts or alternate takes rather than deleted scenes. While cleaning R2-D2, Luke accidentally triggers part of a holographic recording of Leia, in which she requests help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. , Little Star Wars merchandise was available for several months after the film's debut, as only Kenner Products had accepted marketing director Charles Lippincott's licensing offers. , During production, the cast attempted to make Lucas laugh or smile, as he often appeared depressed.  At the time, it was the most recent film in the registry and the only one chosen from the 1970s. , Lucas finished writing his script in March 1976, when the crew started filming.   He drew inspiration from politics of the era, later saying, “It was really about the Vietnam War, and that was the period where Nixon was trying to run for a [second] term. ", "John Wayne secretly appeared in both 'Wagon Train' and 'Star Wars, "A young, enthusiastic crew employs far-out technology to put a rollicking intergalactic fantasy onto the screen", "Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes", "George Lucas Wrote 'Star Wars' as a Liberal Warning.  Kurtz stated that "In a couple of scenes ... rather than saying, 'It looks a bit over lit, can you fix that? This inspired him to send a film crew to Guatemala in March 1977 to shoot scenes. Ok, ok, I know Ahsoka left the order before this but I just had to add her in this story. Star Wars won six competitive Academy Awards at the 50th Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.  It received positive critical reaction, went to earn over $1 million, and is one of Lucas's favorite Star Wars spoofs. " He said that "science fiction wasn't popular in the mid-'70s ... what seems to be the case generally is that the studio executives are looking for what was popular last year, rather than trying to look forward to what might be popular next year. His lighting suggestions were rejected by Taylor, who believed that Lucas was overstepping his boundaries by giving specific instructions, sometimes even moving lights and cameras himself.  In both films, several men threaten the hero, bragging about how wanted they are by the authorities, and have an arm being cut off by a blade; Kuwabatake Sanjuro (played by Toshiro Mifune) is offered "twenty-five ryo now, twenty-five when you complete the mission", whereas Han Solo is offered "Two thousand now, plus fifteen when we reach Alderaan." This logo design was originally conceived to follow the same perspective as the film's opening crawl. Two months after Star Wars opened, the Hildebrandts' poster was replaced by Chantrell's Style ‘C’ poster in UK cinemas. The record was produced by Buena Vista Records, and its content was copyrighted by Black Falcon, Ltd., a subsidiary of Lucasfilm "formed to handle the merchandising for Star Wars. , The logotype eventually selected for on-screen use originated in a promotional brochure that was distributed by Fox to cinema owners in 1976. They used the freelance artist Tom Jung who was given the brief of "good over evil." Reissues in 1979 ($22,455,262), 1981 ($17,247,363), and 1982 ($17,981,612) brought its cumulative gross in the U.S and Canada to $323 million, and extended its global earnings to $530 million. He said, "What finally emerged through the many drafts of the script has obviously been influenced by science-fiction and action-adventure I've read and seen. The garbage compactor set "was also pretty hard, because I knew I had actors in there and the walls had to come in, and they had to be in dirty water and I had to get stuff that would be light enough so it wouldn't hurt them but also not bobbing around. Like the novelization, it contained certain elements, such as the scene with Luke and Biggs, that appeared in the screenplay but not in the finished film. To resolve the problem, he worked the lighting into the sets by chopping in its walls, ceiling and floors.  Lucas would later claim that he had the idea for an original space opera long before 1971, and that he even tried to film it before American Grafitti. This third draft had most of the elements of the final plot, with only some differences in the characters and settings. Star Wars debuted on Betamax, CED, LaserDisc, Video 2000, and VHS between the 1980s and 1990s by CBS/Fox Video. Padmé Amidala & Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano.  Star Wars features many elements derived from Flash Gordon, such as the conflict between rebels and Imperial Forces, the wipes between scenes, the fusion of futuristic technology and traditional mythology, and the famous opening crawl that begins each film. [c], The retronymic inclusion of subtitles brought the film into line with the introduction to its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, which was reconcieved during rewrites as "Episode V" and eventually released as such in 1980. " Lucas felt hurt at the accusations. It stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. It was replaced by The Deep but gradually added screens and returned to number one in its seventh week, building up to $7 million weekends as it entered wide release ($29.5 million in 2019 dollars) and remained number one for the next 15 weeks. The radio version was originally considered to be part of the official Star Wars canon, but has since been supplanted by revised canonical narratives. New changes were made to the films, provoking mixed responses. "That Time NPR Turned 'Star Wars' Into A Radio Drama – And It Actually Worked", "Beloved sci-fi fairy tale has spawned a slew of, "A Space Garbage Man and His Eclectic Crew", "I Bent My Wookiee! In the end, Perri's logo was not used for the film's opening title sequence, although it was used widely on pre-release print advertising and on cinema marquees.  Lucas permitted Brooks to make a spoof of the film under "one incredibly big restriction: no action figures. I shoot in a very peculiar way, in a documentary style, and it takes a lot of hard editing to make it work. The film's success led to two critically and commercially successful sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), and later to a prequel trilogy, a sequel trilogy, two anthology films and various spin-off TV series. The iconic weapon of choice of the Jedi, the lightsaber, was voted as the most popular weapon in film history in a survey of approximately 2,000 film fans. " By May 1974, he had expanded the treatment for The Star Wars into a rough draft screenplay,:14 adding elements such as the Sith, the Death Star, and a general by the name of Annikin Starkiller. Star Wars, together with Lucas, is the subject of the 2010 documentary film The People vs. George Lucas that details the issues of filmmaking and fanaticism pertaining to the film franchise and its creator. While in Hawaii, it was not until he watched Walter Cronkite discuss the gigantic crowds for Star Wars on the CBS Evening News that Lucas realized he had become very wealthy.  With hundreds of uncompleted shots remaining, ILM was forced to finish a year's work in six months. It grossed a total of $775 million, surpassing Jaws (1975) to become the highest-grossing film at the time until the release of E.T. Star Wars focuses on the journey of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), who along with the wizened Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Guinness), smuggler Han Solo (Ford), and his Wookiee companion Chewbacca (Mayhew), attempts to free Princess Leia (Fisher) from the clutches of the tyrannical Galactic Empire.  Jay West of the Los Angeles Times said that the boxes in the campaign "became the most coveted empty box[es] in the history of retail. sfn error: multiple targets (3×): CITEREFKaminski2008 (, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFBouzereau1997 (, In Director's commentary of the 2004 DVD edition of.  When Star Wars made an unprecedented second opening at Mann's Chinese Theatre on August 3, 1977, after Sorcerer failed, thousands of people attended a ceremony in which C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader placed their footprints in the theater's forecourt. The cut had a different crawl from the finished version and used Prowse's voice for Darth Vader. Inside the Death Star, Obi-Wan attempts to disable the tractor beam, and Luke persuades Han and Chewbacca to help him rescue Leia after discovering that she is scheduled to be executed. It was also the only studio of its kind in Britain or America that could cater for nine large stages at the same time and allow the company complete freedom to use its own personnel. By Darren Orf. But some actors really need a lot of pampering and a lot of feedback, and if they don't get it, they get paranoid that they might not be doing a good job."  Walt Disney Productions also turned down the film. Lucas would later claim he wanted to superimpose a stop-motion creature over the actor - which he did in the 1997 Special Edition with a computer-generated version of Jabba. After requests from the team that "it had to be more," the executives "got a bit scared. The film opened on a Wednesday in 32 theaters expanding to 43 screens on the Friday and earning $2,556,418 in its first six days to the end of the Memorial Day weekend ($10.8 million in 2019 dollars). Because of this, the entire composited negative had to be disassembled, and the CRI portions cleaned separately from the negative portions. ", The designers started working with the director before Star Wars was approved by 20th Century-Fox.  Heavily synthesised audio recordings of John Wayne from earlier films were used as the voice of the Imperial spy Garindan..  The reactions of the directors present, such as Brian De Palma, John Milius, and Steven Spielberg, disappointed Lucas. He said that "they were all black and gray, with really no opportunities for lighting at all." In contrast, Ladd and the other studio executives loved the film; Gareth Wigan told Lucas: "This is the greatest film I've ever seen" and cried during the screening. Lucas selected the location as a potential filming site after seeing a poster of it hanging at a travel agency while he was filming in Britain.  Internationally, the reissue grossed $117.2 million, with $26 million from the United Kingdom and $15 million from Japan. :19, Since commencing his writing process in January 1973, Lucas had done "various rewrites in the evenings after the day's work." Before the Falcon can reach Alderaan, Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin interrogates Leia about the location of the Rebels's secret base, with the threat of destroying her home planet, and, when she answers that the base is on Dantooine, he orders Alderaan destroyed simply as a show of force. ", Meanwhile, Industrial Light & Magic was struggling to achieve unprecedented special effects. The Original, "The 10 Greatest Motion Picture Trilogies of All Time", "Good Things Come In Threes: Great Movie Trilogies". John Williams's music and Ben Burtt's sound design were retained for the show, and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) reprised their roles. It goes on forever. ", The film garnered numerous accolades after its release. It also lacked most special effects; hand-drawn arrows took the place of blaster beams, and when the Millennium Falcon fought TIE fighters, the film cut to footage of World War II dogfights.  Star Wars premiered in the UK on December 27, 1977. And I said, 'Finally somebody's doing it the right way. And I've seen a lot of it. I mean she one of my favorite characters from the star wars saga! I'm raised in England. Lucas had the idea for a science-fiction film in the vein of Flash Gordon around the time he completed his first film, THX 1138 (1971) and began working on a treatment after the release of American Graffiti (1973). He said, 'Yeah, yeah, I've seen it four times already.  This was a more controlled environment but, because of strict British working conditions, filming had to finish by 5:30 pm, unless Lucas was in the middle of a scene. 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This difference was later settled by 20th Century-Fox executives, who backed Taylor's suggestion.  Post-production was equally stressful due to increasing pressure from 20th Century-Fox.  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Prior to 1977, 20th Century-Fox's greatest annual profits were $37 million, while in 1977, the company broke that record by posting a profit of $79 million. , The film also received twelve nominations at the Saturn Awards, winning nine: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction and Best Writing for George Lucas, Best Supporting Actor for Alec Guinness, Best Music for John Williams, Best Costume for John Mollo, Best Make-up for Rick Baker and Stuart Freeborn, Best Special Effects for John Dykstra and John Stears, and Outstanding Editing for Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew. During work on this rewrite, Lucas began researching the science-fiction genre by watching films and reading books (including J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit) and comics. The script became more of a fairy tale quest as opposed to the action/adventure of the previous versions. " CinemaScore reported that audiences for Star Wars's 1999 re-release gave the film a "A+" grade. For the fourth film released, see. A lot of actors don't mind—they don't care, they just get on with it. The massive rebel hangar set was housed at a second sound stage at Shepperton Studios; the stage was the largest in Europe at the time. Test your knowledge on this movies quiz and compare your score to others. The final issue of the original theatrical release (pre-Special Edition) to VHS format occurred in 1995, as part of "Last Chance to Own the Original" campaign, available as part of a trilogy set and as a standalone purchase. , George Lucas tried "to get a cohesive reality" for his feature. It is the only computer animation in the original version of the film. Christian wanted the interior of the Falcon to look like that of a submarine. His idea was supported by the Fox studio, which agreed that "we couldn't have this 'black hole of Calcutta.'" May 4, 2018 … ", The Death Star assault scene was modeled after the World War II film The Dam Busters (1955), in which Royal Air Force Lancaster bombers fly along heavily defended reservoirs and aim bouncing bombs at dams, in order to cripple the heavy industry of Germany's Ruhr region.  Unsworth was interested in working with the director, and initially accepted the job when it was offered to him by Lucas and Kurtz. Imperial Senator Princess Leia of Alderaan, secretly one of the Rebellion's leaders, has obtained its schematics, but her starship is intercepted by an Imperial Star Destroyer under the command of the ruthless Darth Vader. CRI proved to deteriorate faster than negative stocks did, although it theoretically was of higher quality, as it saved two generations (an interpositive followed by an internegative), where employed. , For the US release in 1977, 20th Century-Fox commissioned a promotional film poster from the advertising agency Smolen, Smith and Connolly. Lucas believed that "what is required for true credibility is a used future", opposing the interpretation of "future in most futurist movies" that "always looks new and clean and shiny.  He found scrap airplane metal "that no one wanted in those days and bought them.  Learn about Star Wars characters, planets, ships, vehicles, droids, and more in the official Star Wars Databank at StarWars.com. With so many more characters being introduced in Star Wars 9, many worry that J.J. Abrams is creating a whole new batch of Peg Warmers for weary fans who just don't want to … This is a list of Star Wars cast members who voiced or portrayed characters appearing in …  The film remained the highest-grossing film of all time until E.T. Lucas chose Hotel Sidi Driss, which is larger than the typical underground dwellings, to shoot the interior of Luke's homestead. I'm trying to make a classic sort of genre picture, a classic space fantasy in which all the influences are working together. Lucas had the idea for a space-fantasy film in 1971, after he completed directing his first full-length feature, THX 1138. As 20th Century-Fox gave little support for marketing beyond licensing T-shirts and posters, Lippincott was forced to look elsewhere. " Kurtz said, "Although Star Wars wasn't like [then-current science fiction] at all, it was just sort of lumped into that same kind of category. , According to Christian, the Millennium Falcon set was the most difficult to build. Its consensus states in summary, "A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same. 22 on its list of the "500 Greatest Movies of All Time"; in 2010, the film ranked among the "All-Time 100" list of the greatest films as chosen by Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel; the film was also placed on a similar list created by The New York Times, "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made"; in 2012, the film was included in Sight & Sound's prestigious decennial critics poll "Critics' Top 250 Films", ranking at 171st on the list, and in their directors poll at 224th. ", In its May 30, 1977 issue, the film's year of release, Time magazine named Star Wars the "Movie of the Year." ", The film has spawned a series of films consisting of three trilogies (including the original film), anthology films and an extensive media franchise called the Star Wars expanded universe including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books. George was going right against that.  Lucas claims this was intended from the beginning, and was only dropped to avoid confusing audiences: "Star Wars was the fourth story in the saga and was to have been called 'Star Wars, Episode Four: A New Hope'. The publication said it was a "big early supporter" of the vision which would become Star Wars. The most significant material cut was a series of scenes from the first part of the film which introduced Luke Skywalker. , The texts Episode IV and A New Hope were first published on a title page for the film's script in the 1979 book The Art of Star Wars,[b] in what Kaminski calls "outright forgery", remarking that "the script itself wasn't even the authentic revised fourth draft, but more like a transcription of the finished film, edited and combined with the real fourth draft. " Lucas would later recontextualize the discussion around the film, saying it was born out of research into "psychological underpinings of mythology", a claim that had been dismissed by Kurtz as self-aggrandizing: "The whole idea of Star Wars as a mythological thing, I think came about because of [later Lucas] interviews that tied it to The Hero with a Thousand Faces" and by Steven Hart and Michael Kaminski: "It is here that the true origin of Star Wars comes from -- not from myth and legend, but from the 'schlock' sold on newspapers stands and played in matinees. " In 2014, Kurtz recalled they had toyed with the idea "of calling it Episode III, IV, or V."[d] Hamill recalls having asked Lucas "Why are we doing episode four?" He added: "My main reason for making it was to give young people an honest, wholesome fantasy life, the kind my generation had. , The trilogy was re-released on separate two-disc limited edition DVD sets from September 12 to December 31, 2006, and again in a limited edition tin box set on November 4, 2008; the original versions of the films were added as bonus material. Producer Gary Kurtz turned to the film poster artist Tom Chantrell, who was already well known for his prolific work for Hammer horror films, and commissioned a new version. , In addition to the film's multiple awards and nominations, Star Wars has also been recognized by the American Film Institute on several of its lists. , The novelization of the film was published as Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker in December 1976, six months before the film was released. Ladd reluctantly agreed to release an extra $20,000 funding and in early 1977 second unit filming completed a number of sequences including exterior desert shots for Tatooine in Death Valley and China Lake Acres in California, and exterior Yavin jungle shots in Guatemala, along with additional studio footage to complete the Mos Eisley Cantina sequence. The first Star Wars characters fans are introduced to are the iconic droid duo of C-3PO and R2-D2, who are scarcely apart in the trilogy, acting as both loyal friends/sidekicks and as levity for the films. He secured deals with Marvel Comics for a comic book adaptation, and with Del Rey Books for a novelization. " He cited Quark (a short-lived 1977 sitcom that parodies the science fiction genre) and Donny & Marie (a 1970s variety show that produced a 10-minute musical adaptation of Star Wars guest starring Daniels and Mayhew) as "television's two most infamous examples. It's gibberish. Sound designer Ben Burtt had created a library of sounds that Lucas referred to as an "organic soundtrack." In the end, I don't think he fully understood the movie and what I was trying to do. Lucas worked with his friends Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck to revise the fourth draft into the final pre-production script.  Ford, who subsequently starred in the Indiana Jones series (1981–present), Blade Runner (1982), and Witness (1985) after working on the film, told the Daily Mirror that Star Wars "boosted my career", and said, "I think the great luck of my career is that I've made these family movies which are introduced to succeeding generations of kids by their families at the time it seems appropriate. Star Wars: A New Hope: 6 stories in 1, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Trailer. , A radio drama adaptation of the film was broadcast on the American National Public Radio network in 1981. Because not everyone can be the one that saves (or destroys) the galaxy. Virtually turned to Gary, and said "I think we've found him". He later said: I especially loved the Flash Gordon serials ... Of course I realize now how crude and badly done they were ... loving them that much when they were so awful, I began to wonder what would happen if they were done really well..  Lucas had originally intended to remake the 1930s Flash Gordon film serials, but was unable to obtain the rights; thus, he resorted to drawing from Akira Kurosawa's 1958 film The Hidden Fortress and, allegedly, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. All the books and films and comics that I liked when I was a child. , In 1975, Lucas formed his own visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) after discovering that 20th Century-Fox's visual effects department had been disbanded. " The title was changed when the film entered re-releases. Lucas showed his draft to his friends.  Some of the dialogue in The Dam Busters is repeated in the Star Wars climax; Gilbert Taylor also filmed the special effects sequences in The Dam Busters.  Editor John Jympson began cutting the film together while Lucas was still filming in Tunisia; as Lucas noted, the editor was in an "impossible position" because Lucas had not explained any of the film's material to him. And we spoke and he looked at the set and couldn't believe it wasn't real." The script was adapted by E. Jack Kaplan and Cheryl Gard. At the Cannes Film Festival following the completion of THX 1138, Lucas pushed towards buying the Flash Gordon rights, but they were already tied-up with Dino De Laurentiis. Lucas was looking for a way of accelerating the storytelling, and removing Luke's early scenes would distinguish Star Wars from his earlier teenage drama and "get that American Graffiti feel out of it. ", Taylor said that Lucas, who was consumed by the details of the complicated production, "avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one, so I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture."  As production went on, Lucas still disapproved of Jympson's cut and fired him halfway through the film's production. The films were digitally restored and remastered, and more changes were made by Lucas. :17:30 Subsequently, Lucas started writing with a budget in mind, conceiving the cheap, "used" look of much of the film, and (with Fox having just shut down its special effects department) had reduced the number of complex special effects shots called for by the script. Other similarities include those between Princess Leia and Princess Alia, and Jedi mind tricks and "The Voice", a controlling ability used by the Bene Gesserit.
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