A report on Star Wars (film)

Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Princess Leia (Fisher), and Han Solo (Ford)
Director/writer George Lucas in 2007, describing the difficulty of pitching Star Wars, being turned down repeatedly, until 20th Century-Fox bought the idea for "a little strange" film.
Lucas's early plan was to buy the rights to the Flash Gordon film serials and comics of the 1930s and 1940s
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz (pictured in 2002)
Ralph McQuarrie in 2008. Lucas commissioned him to create conceptual photographs for the film, which visualized the characters, costumes, props, and scenery.
Hotel Sidi Driss, the underground building in Matmata, Tunisia, used to film Luke's home
Tikal, Guatemala, which served as the setting of the Rebel base
Steven Spielberg said he was the only person in the audience to have enjoyed the film in its early cut screening.
Original vinyl release
Rendition of Dan Perri's original Star Wars logotype
Style ‘B’ poster
Style ‘C’ poster
A crowd outside Leicester Square Theatre the day after the film's premiere.
Introductory graphics for the film that feature Suzy Rice's Star Wars logotype; the film's cinematic re-release in 1981 added Episode IV and A New Hope to the head of the opening crawl.
The 20th anniversary theatrical release poster of the 1997 Special Edition (art by Drew Struzan)
Alec Guinness received multiple award nominations, including one from the Academy, for his performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi. To date, he is the only actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for a Star Wars film.
Composer John Williams received the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Saturn Award for Star Wars music
Filmmaker George Lucas received the directing (Academy Award, Directors Guild of America Award, Golden Globe Award, and Saturn Award) and writing (Academy Award, Saturn Award, and Writers Guild of America Award) nominations for Star Wars

1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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Star Wars

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Timothy Zahn authored the Thrawn trilogy, which was widely credited with revitalizing the dormant Star Wars franchise.
George Lucas made much of his fortune by retaining his rights to the franchise's merchandising.
The aerial warfare of WWII inspired the space fights.
The flag and iconography of the Empire resembles those of the Nazi Party and Germany during its rule.

Star Wars is an American epic space-opera multimedia franchise created by George Lucas, which began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon.

Theatrical release poster by Roger Kastel

The Empire Strikes Back

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1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner from a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, based on a story by George Lucas.

1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner from a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, based on a story by George Lucas.

Theatrical release poster by Roger Kastel
Creator George Lucas (in 2011). He was thoroughly involved in The Empire Strikes Back but wanted to avoid the stress of serving as director again.
Billy Dee Williams (1997) joined the cast as Lando Calrissian.
Hardangerjøkulen glacier pictured in 2007. It served as the exterior of the ice planet Hoth.
On-set filming location Elstree Studios (pictured 2009) in Hertfordshire, England
Mark Hamill promoting the film in 1980
The North American premiere of The Empire Strikes Back took place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (pictured in 2010).
Composer John Williams (pictured in 2006) won two Grammy Awards for his score to The Empire Strikes Back, in addition to nominations for Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards.

The sequel to Star Wars (1977), it is the second film in the Star Wars film series and the fifth chronological chapter of the "Skywalker Saga".

Theatrical release poster by Kazuhiko Sano

Return of the Jedi

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1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand.

1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand.

Theatrical release poster by Kazuhiko Sano
Redwood forests on private land near Smith's River, California, and at the Chetham Grove section of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park were used to film the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi.
The teaser poster titled Revenge of the Jedi by Drew Struzan
The 1997 theatrical release poster of the new Special Edition version of the film (art by Drew Struzan)
Return of the Jedi showing at the University Theatre in Toronto; the marquee reads, "The Smash of 83"

The sequel to Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980), it is the third installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, the third film to be produced, and the sixth chronological film in the "Skywalker Saga".

David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Darth Vader

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Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise.

Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise.

David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
George Lucas, who created Vader's character
Ralph McQuarrie incorporated samurai armor into his conceptual designs for Vader's costume in 1975.
1975 production painting
David Prowse physically portrayed Vader in the original film trilogy.
Hayden Christensen portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the latter two episodes of the prequel trilogy, as well as other minor film appearances.
James Earl Jones voiced Darth Vader for the character's portrayals in film and television.
A wax sculpture at the Madame Tussauds Star Wars exhibit in London depicting Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker from the prequel trilogy.
Darth Vader grotesque on the northwest tower of the Washington National Cathedral (Episcopal Church) in Washington, D.C.
Chewing lice; the one on the right, with a Vader-esque head, is Ricinus vaderi
Hayden Christensen portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the latter two episodes of the prequel trilogy, other minor film appearances. He would later take over portraying Vader as well in 2022.

As no other character with the title "Darth" was introduced until the release of The Phantom Menace (1999), some viewers interpreted it as the character's first name, in part because Obi-Wan Kenobi addresses him as "Darth" in the original film.

Lucas at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

George Lucas

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American film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur.

American film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur.

Lucas at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Director Jim Henson (left) and Lucas working on Labyrinth in 1986
Lucas receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President George W. Bush, February 2006
Lucas in 2007
Lucas with Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2015
Lucas at the Time 100 2006 gala
George Lucas, Berlin 2005 (Portrait by Oliver Mark)

Lucas's next film, the epic space opera Star Wars (1977), had a troubled production but was a surprise hit, becoming the highest-grossing film at the time, winning six Academy Awards and sparking a cultural phenomenon.

Promotional photo of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia for Star Wars (1977)

Princess Leia

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Fictional character and one of the main protagonists in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Carrie Fisher.

Fictional character and one of the main protagonists in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Carrie Fisher.

Promotional photo of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia for Star Wars (1977)
Hopi girl with "squash blossom" hairdo (1922)
Princess Leia's white gown from the original Star Wars film
Carrie Fisher reprised the role of Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
Princess Leia cosplay (Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, April 2015)
Princess Leia's slave costume from Episode VI

Introduced in the original Star Wars film in 1977, Leia is princess of the planet Alderaan, a member of the Imperial Senate and an agent of the Rebel Alliance.

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise.

Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise.

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi robes from Episode IV
Ewan McGregor as Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Guinness' performance as Obi-Wan in the original Star Wars (1977) earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the only acting nomination for a Star Wars film.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Luke Skywalker

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Fictional character and the protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas.

Fictional character and the protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Luke Skywalker's Jedi robes from Episode VI
Mark Hamill reprised the role of Luke in The Force Awakens (2015).

Portrayed by Mark Hamill, Luke first appeared in Star Wars (1977), and he returned in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

Original Death Star

Death Star

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Fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars space-opera franchise.

Fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars space-opera franchise.

Original Death Star
The explosion special effect depicted in the 2004 Special Edition of A New Hope
Emperor Palpatine (left) and Darth Vader (right) oversee the First Death Star construction in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
The second Death Star
The large crater (Herschel) of the Saturnian moon Mimas gives it a resemblance to the Death Star.

The first version, which appears in the original 1977 film Star Wars, is stated to be more than 160 km in diameter, and is crewed by an estimated 1.7 million military personnel and 400,000 droids.

Augustus in the robes and cloak of his position as Pontifex Maximus, served as inspiration in the creation of the character Palpatine.

Galactic Empire (Star Wars)

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Fictional autocracy featured in the Star Wars franchise.

Fictional autocracy featured in the Star Wars franchise.

Augustus in the robes and cloak of his position as Pontifex Maximus, served as inspiration in the creation of the character Palpatine.

It was first introduced in the 1977 film Star Wars and appears in its two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).