Star Wars - 30 Year Anniversary
Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:44 PM
Ian Doescher gives us William Shakespeare's Star Wars, meticulously rendering the original dialogue into iambic pentameter and throwing in a Shakespeare allusion every page or so. It begins with a chorus in sonnet form, Romeo and Juliet style:
It is a period of civil war.
The spaceships of the rebels, striking swift
From base unseen, have gain'd a vict'ry o'er
The cruel Galactic Empire, now adrift.
Amidst the battle, rebel spies prevail'd
And stole the plans to a space station vast,
Whose pow'rful beams will later be unveil'd
And crush a planet: 'tis the DEATH STAR blast.
Pursu'd by agents sinister and cold,
Now Princess Leia to her home doth flee,
Deliv'ring plans and a new hope they hold:
Of bringing freedom to the galaxy.
In time so long ago begins our play,
In star-crossed galaxy far, far away.
Edited by Rushmore, 11 August 2013 - 10:44 PM.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:58 PM
For this longtime Cushing fan, watching Grand Moff Tarkin flub a line is revelatory.
Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:41 PM
These are both from Poland.
Posted 16 April 2015 - 05:40 PM
[ Updated version of comments posted in the Episode VII thread ]
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 17 April 2015 - 04:26 AM.
Posted 16 April 2015 - 05:50 PM
That's Hamill's voice. 100% certain on that.
Edited by Ryan H., 16 April 2015 - 05:50 PM.
Posted 07 May 2015 - 07:24 PM
It's possible this has been posted in one of the gazillion Star Wars threads we have. If so, sorry for the repost, but this is worth watching again. If this is the first time this has made it to the boards.... THIS IS AWESOME!!!!
Two people - 135 recorded tracks (131 vocal, 4 violin)
Posted 19 May 2015 - 10:34 AM
What I've learned:
1. More than Joseph Campbell, more than Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas was a huge fan of the Flash Gordon serials in the 1930s. Flash Gordon was a ripoff of Buck Rogers, which was a ripoff of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter. Being that TCM airs this serial every now and again, I need to catch up on this.
2. The 70s filmmakers were all friends/competitors of each other, and each helped with each other's projects. Lucas helped film a couple of scenes from "Gimme Shelter" and "The Godfather." By contrast, Brian DePalma did an uncredited rewrite of the opening crawl of Episode IV. Lucas obtained John Williams solely because of his friendship with Spielberg, fresh off of Jaws and working on Close Encounters. When Spielberg heard the Star Wars theme, he was angered that Williams delivered to Lucas a work better than what he would get for CE3K.
3. It is monumental as to how poorly the test screenings were for this film. Imagine it being made with the special effects shots still not fully crafted, with no sound effects, with no soaring John Williams music. One of the earliest screenings had Princess Grace of Monaco, an honorary employee of 20th Century Fox.
4. Star Wars had no premiere. The only reason it got booked at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood is because William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" was delayed. Lucas actually ate dinner with his wife across the street from the famed theater, seeing the lines wrap around the block, unaware that this was for *his* film.
5. Star Wars did NOT win its opening weekend. That honors goes to Smokey And the Bandit (also first weekend). BUT... S&tB was booked on over 300 screens. SW was booked in only 42, as the second half of the double bill "The Other Side of Midnight."
6. There was a marketing executive who believed in the project, who took copious notes as to why "2001: A Space Odyssey" failed at the box office. His reasoning was that there was no effort to corral the sci-fi conventions. SW broke new ground by attending early versions of Comic-Con, and giving a "slide presentation."
7. Only Lucas knows how fragile this film was. Some scenes he had only a single take, that just so happened to fit perfectly in the right spot. Part of this was due to the contentious unions he had to deal with in Great Britain.
8. Midi-chloridians were not invented in the making of Episode 1 (1999). They were his brainchild, all the way back to 1975.
9. The reason why Luke is attacked by the snow monster in the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back was to give a reason why Mark Hamill's face was slightly different (due to a 1976 car crash).
10. Lucas was told that if he grabbed people by the first ten minutes, they will follow him whereever he went. That is why he cut to the chase in the film--no opening credits, and started with an action sequence. The moment the droids land on Tatooine, it was exactly the 10 minute mark.
More to come...
Posted 19 May 2015 - 01:31 PM
Nick Alexander wrote:
: 9. The reason why Luke is attacked by the snow monster in the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back was to give a reason why Mark Hamill's face was slightly different (due to a 1976 car crash).
This is an old story, and one that I actually saw someone debunk (or try to) recently. Wish I could remember where...
Posted 19 May 2015 - 01:39 PM
Nick Alexander wrote:
: 1. More than Joseph Campbell, more than Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas was a huge fan of the Flash Gordon serials in the 1930s.
Salon.com made this point, or one very similar to it, thirteen years ago.
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 19 May 2015 - 01:40 PM.