|A queue to see Star Wars in London's Leicester Square. Picture from starwars.com|
In December 1977, the London film critics were, in many people's estimation, among the luckiest people in Britain. They had seen Star Wars long before it reached most of the country.
Star Wars wouldn't even get to London's West End cinemas until December 27 and most of the nation would have to wait until February 1978. Yet, as John May shows on his website The Generalist, there had been special screenings and trade shows for a selected audience at on July 20 and September 28 at the Dominion in Tottenham Court Road.
He went on: “Star Wars unashamedly restores all those qualities which film-makers and audiences have almost forgotten in their chase after illusory sophistication – brightly defined characters; a story that hurtles along at such a pace that it leaves no time for questions; a world of fantasy so confidently portrayed … that there is no thought of disbelief; a genuine escapism that obliges you to make no connexions with real worlds.”
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Star Wars, according to the Sunday Times
At least he was aware he was being a party pooper.