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Friday, 13 July 2018

What Star Wars owed to westerns

Star Wars owes a lot to westerns

Here's something that isn't often acknowledged about Star Wars: Parts of it are like a great western.

In today's post, I want to look at some of the ways in which George Lucas drew on the genre that dominated  American cinema for a large part of the 21st century.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Hear the difference between the mono and stereo 1977 versions of Star Wars

C-3PO had more to say in the mono mix of Star Wars

If you saw Star Wars two or three times in 1977, it may not have been the same each time.

That's because, as we've seen before, there were three different sound mixes of the film.

A video on YouTube allows you to listen to those differences for yourself.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Plain old Star Wars: Why this blog doesn't tend to say A New Hope

Around here, we don't tend to use the phrase A New Hope.

I suspect that may have cost me a bit of Google traffic, but there's a reason for it.

This is a blog devoted to Star Wars as it was released, enjoyed and debated in the 1970s. Back then, people thought that if there were more Star Wars films, they would be straightforward sequels. There was no suggestion that Luke Skywalker's first adventure was the middle of a multi-chapter story. Hence the title of this blog: Episode Nothing.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Star Wars debuts part 2: The first work of the people behind the film

The principal heroes of Star Wars

Last time, I looked back at the earliest work of some of the older people behind Star Wars. We found that the earliest film to share personnel with George Lucas's film was probably Rookery Nook, the 1930 British movie which had Gilbert Taylor as assistant cameraman.

Today, we move into the 1960s and 1970s for the film debuts of some of the film's principals.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Star Wars debuts: The first work of the people behind the film

Gilbert Taylor, director of photography on Star Wars

Star Wars owed its huge success largely to the young people who came out to see it, but many of the those who made it were industry veterans. Some had been working for almost half a century.

Today, Episode Nothing looks back at the debuts of some of the key talents involved in the original 1977 film.

Friday, 8 June 2018

An unsung hero of Star Wars: Maurice Murphy

The London Symphony Orchestra recording
the music for Star Wars

A trivia question for you: Who did exactly the same job throughout the Star Wars original trilogy and prequels?

Friday, 1 June 2018

Han Solo, as he was in 1977

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars, 1977

Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently reintroducing many people's favourite Star Wars character and giving him a new, official backstory.

I won't concern myself here with what I thought of the new film. (I'm intending to blog about that next week at Amazing Stories.) But it seems like a good time to consider Solo as played by Harrison Ford, and the reasons he was so important to the success of Star Wars.