The Making of "Star Wars": The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

The Making of "Star Wars": The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

Paperback Star Wars

By (author) J. W. Rinzler

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 36mm | 696g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091924995
  • ISBN 13: 9780091924997
  • Illustrations note: 4 x 8 page colour plates
  • Sales rank: 166,383

Product description

George Lucas spent nearly ten years bringing his dream project to life: a ground-breaking space fantasy movie. Its original title: "The Star Wars". The rest is history. Yet its production is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie itself. Now, recounted in the words of those who were there, it is finally being told, for the first time. Between 1975 and 1978, over fifty interviews were conducted with key members of cast and crew - George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, legendary production designer John Barry amongst many others. Remarkably, these candid and revelatory interviews have sat, undisturbed, in the Lucasfilm Archives for three decades. Until now.Using his unprecedented access to the archives and this treasure trove of never-before-published 'lost' interviews, photographs, production notes, factoids and anecdotes, J.W. Rinzler hurtles back in time for a definitive look at the genesis of a cinematic legend. A true story of human endeavour and creativity, "The Making of Star Wars" reveals exactly what it took to produce one of the most outstanding and innovative films of all time.

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Author information

J.W. Rinzler is a long-time executive editor at Lucasfilm and the author of The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. For this new book, he was granted unrestricted access to the Lucasfilm archives. He lives in Petaluma, California.

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"For anyone who has the Force with them, this is a gift from heaven" The Times "Majestic... truly indispensable" Total Film "A book like this simply blows everything else out of the water... For Star Wars fans, this truly will be the Holy Grail, and even obsessives who think they know everything about the movie should prepare to be astounded. As a 30th anniversary tribute, this could not be bettered" Film Review "Terrific behind-the-scenes study ... a detailed, sensible but compelling account of the film's creation, minus the hype ... Combining the access of an authorised account with the edge of great stroytelling, the making of a 30 year-old movie has never felt more alive" Empire