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It’s not that we can’t get enough of Star Wars….that’s not true, we just can’t get enough of Star Wars, so this 40th Anniversary Edition of the essential The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983 is as vital a purchase as coaxium on a jump across the Cron Drift and perfectly timed, arriving as it does before Paul Duncan’s foray into the Prequel era The Star Wars Archives: Eps I-III.

Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. After watching depressing and cynical movies throughout the early 1970s, audiences enthusiastically embraced the positive energy of the Star Wars galaxy as they followed moisture farmer Luke Skywalker on his journey through a galaxy far, far away, meeting extraordinary characters like mysterious hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi, space pirates Han Solo and Chewbacca, loyal droids C-3PO and R2-D2, bold Princess Leia Organa and the horrific Darth Vader, servant of the dark, malevolent Emperor.

Writer, director, and producer George Lucas created the modern monomyth of our time, one that resonates with the child in us all. He formed Industrial Light & Magic to develop cutting-edge special effects technology, which he combined with innovative editing techniques and a heightened sense of sound to give audiences a unique sensory cinematic experience.

In this first volume, made with the full cooperation of Lucasfilm, Lucas narrates his own story, taking us through the making of the original trilogy—Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI Return of the Jedi—and bringing fresh insights into the creation of a unique universe. Complete with script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters, this is the authoritative exploration of the original saga as told by its creator.
The editor
Paul Duncan is a film historian whose TASCHEN books include The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir, and Horror Cinema, as well as publications on film directors, film genres, movie stars, and film posters.

The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983 – 40th Anniversary Edition
Paul Duncan
Hardcover, 15.6 x 21.7 cm, 1.41 kg, 512 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8117-2
Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-8114-1
Edition: German

ISBN 978-3-8365-8116-5
Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-8115-8
Edition: Spanish

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The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983 – 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 12/13/2020 (Publication Date) - TASCHEN (Publisher)