We, the people who actually created Star Wars, the ORIGINAL 1977 Star Wars, are celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release. So, if your name is on the credits of Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars 1977, Empire 1980 or Jedi 1983 Trilogy…(or you worked uncredited) then you are invited…
Source: Star Wars 40th Reunion Tickets, Sat, May 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite
These retrospectives, by Oliver Harper, are very informative and a “Must Watch” for any fan of the original trilogy. He delves into pre production, filming, merchandising, games, music, and much more. It’s an extremely entertaining watch, or even re-watch. Oliver is a talented editor, plus he is easy to listen to. If you haven’t heard of these before, you’re welcome. If you have, give them a another view… this is my 3rd or 4th time on each.
Before we look forward to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we should all look back at Flash Gordon from 1936.
A long time ago, on a planet of peril, a great adventure took place. Of course I am speaking of FLASH (ah ~ ahhh!) Gordon! For some reason this serial is one of my favorites. There are two others with Buster Crabbe but they are not as entertaining, to me, and so I’ll just write about this one.
This serial, along with the others and Buck Rogers, had a lot of influence on a young George Lucas. If you’ve read any of the original treatments for “The Star Wars” then you Know It To Be True 😉 The episodic nature of the adventure, alone, is a dead giveaway to the relationship to the adventures on the planet Mongo and the Galaxy Far, Far Away.
I know that I am always saying this, but seriously watch this if you haven’t before. You need to go in with an opened mind and as little cynicism as possible. Have fun with it. It’s like a vintage toy from a bygone era. It is very fragile and won’t hold up to too much scrutiny, but if you take it for what it was, and still is, you will be rewarded with hours of play time fun.
So if you get a chance to watch all thirteen chapters (see the embedded YouTube video below), leave a comment either here, twitter or facebook. Let me know what you thought of it. If you are a die-hard fan, let me know too. I know that I am not alone in my love of this Saturday matinee serial.
Until next time, Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you… always.
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