Star Wars 1977

"Only a master of evil Darth." Obi One Kenobi

"Only a master of evil Darth." Obi One Kenobi

Iconic

Stars Wars (1977) is an iconic film whose Force is eternal.

Directed by George Lucas.

Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guinness among many others.

I recently watched Stars Wars (1977) in its entirety for the first time. I was struck by how timeless the story is and how well the special effects hold up. The Flash Gordon type of serialized adventure storytelling is fantastic. The musical score give it added weight. The aliens that populate it universe drew me into the fantasy. While the immortal saga of good versus evil triumphing against all odds gave it humanity. I could go on and on, but suffice to say that it is an iconic film.

As I marvelled at Lucas' creation I realized that he had pulled off what only H.G. Wells had done, so brilliantly in his stories. George, like H.G. had imbued his mythical stories with plausibility. Instead of King Arthur and his Knights of the round table fighting with swords against powerful sorcers with magic, or of Robin Hood and his merry men in the forrest of Sherwood fighting with bows and arrows against an evil monarchy you have Jedi knights using the Force to fight the dark side of the force. From the opening crawl through the happy ending I was completely immersed in George's world. I had a similar escape with Andy and Lana Wachowski's, The Matrix (1999).

The scene below showcases the superb special effects and masterful editing that revolutionized film making. It still looks great today.


video

Trivia - Harrison helped George audition actors by reading with them during their auditions. George soon realized that only Harrison could play Hans Solo.



video