The Making of Star Wars

The Making of Star Wars

The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film : Based on the Lost Interviews From the Official Lucasfilm Archives

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More than thirty years ago, filmmaker George Lucas realized a longtime dream, creating a swashbuckling sf saga inspired by vintage Flash Gordon serials, classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history–and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for the past three decades.

Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of never-before-published “lost” interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the “little” movie that became a phenomenon. For the first time, it’s all here:

• the evolution of the now-classic story and characters–including “Annikin Starkiller” and “a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and large gills” named Han Solo
• excerpts from George Lucas’s numerous, ever-morphing script drafts
• the birth of Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects company that revolutionized Hollywood filmmaking
• the grueling, nearly catastrophic location shoot in Tunisia and the following breakneck dash at Elstree Studios in London
• the intensive auditions that won the cast members their roles–and made them legends
• the who’s who of young 1970s film rebels who pitched in to help–including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Brian DePalma

But perhaps most exciting, and rarest of all, are the first interviews conducted before and during production and immediately after the release of Star Wars–in which George Lucas, the film’s stars, composer John Williams, effects masters Dennis Muren, Richard Edlund, and John Dykstra, Phil Tippett, Rick Baker, legendary production designer John Barry, and a host of others share their fascinating tales from the trenches and candid opinions of the movie that would ultimately change their lives.

No matter where you stand in the spectrum of this thirty-year phenomenon, The Making of Star Wars stands as a crucial document–rich in fascination and revelation–of a genuine cinematic and cultural touchstone.

Baker & Taylor
Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary of the first Star Wars film and including long-lost interviews and photos, a title penned by a Lucasfilm staff member uncovers the challenges and dramas behind the creation of a movie that changed filmmaking forever. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary of the first Star Wars film and including long-lost interviews and photos, a work written by a Lucasfilm staff member reveals the challenges and dramas behind the movie's creation.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2007
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780345477613
Branch Call Number: PN1997.S65943 R56 2007
Characteristics: ix, 313 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Lippincott, Charles 1939-


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May 01, 2012

it is amazing how much work they put into making Star Wars. look at my lists and shelfs to find good books to read.


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