War became the subject of film as soon as cameras could take moving pictures of combat. The "first" war film was probably a one-and-a-half minute pro-war film immediately following the United States declaration of war on Spain in 1898. From that point on, all the wars in American history have found a place in Hollywood's cinema. From silent films to galaxies beyond imagination stories have been written of family conflicts, racial conflicts and romances ultimately finding their way to the silver screen. Once sound entered the picture movie lines became cultural icons. One such movie is in today's history spotlight with the film only being the beginning of legendary sequels, television shows, games, apps, celebrations and communities of followers. From the original 1977 film came the catchphrase "May the force be with you!" This was misinterpreted in 2005 as "On May 4th, we are with you!" which led to the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, 2011...May the Fourth be With You!
This Day in History: May 25, 1977
The impact of the groundbreaking special effects of Star Wars was phenomenal! The year: 1977 The outcome: Incredible success!
With its groundbreaking special effects, Star Wars leaped off screens and immersed audiences in "a galaxy far, far away." By now everyone knows the story, which followed the baby-faced Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as he enlisted a team of allies--including hunky Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and the robots C3PO and R2D2--on his mission to rescue the kidnapped Princess Leia from an Evil Empire governed by Darth Vader. The film made all three of its lead actors overnight stars, turning Fisher into an object of adoration for millions of young male fans and launching Ford's now-legendary career as an action-hero heartthrob. Read MORE @This Day in History...
Since The Crazy History of Star Wars is already written, no need in repeating what has been reported. Instead, let's take a look a few tidbits of trivia that you may or may not already know.
The finished product compresses fifty years of pop culture into two hours of space adventure. “Look around you,” Lucas has said. “Ideas are everywhere.”
Did you know...
- While George Lucas was filming on location in Tunisia, the Libyan government became worried about a massive military vehicle parked near the Libyan border. Consequently, the Tunisian government, receiving threats of military mobilization, politely asked Lucas to move his Jawa sandcrawler farther away from the border.
- Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time.
- Harrison Ford deliberately didn't learn his lines for the intercom conversation in the cell block, so it would sound spontaneous.
- The skeleton that Threepio passes belongs to a Tatooine creature called a Greater Krayt Dragon. This artificial skeleton was left in the Tunisian desert after filming and still lies there. During filming of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), the site was visited by the crew and the skeleton was still there.
Now you know and that's not all! Read MORE @ Trivia...
Who was (is) your favorite Star Wars star? Click each image for info...
|Darth Vader, born Anakin Skywalker|
|Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi|
OR perhaps another? If so, please share...
The tragedy of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader. He actually is the chosen one, because he kills the Emperor and with it himself. Thus, he destroys the Sith.