Beyond the Galaxy
The Memorial Day long weekend of 1977 was when the galaxy of our universe was changed forever. George Lucas’ Star Wars opened in theatres with an explosion never before seen on the silver screen in America.
Due to some extremely clever advance promotions by 20th Century Fox in the months leading up to the movie release, a whole new generation of geek enthusiasts were lined up in sleeping bags to gain entrance to what was promised to be a whole new universe of excitement.
From this one movie, the imaginations of millions of young enthusiastic people were mesmerized around the world. The Star Wars movie delivered an intergalactic bang so immense it earned seven Oscars and grossed close to eight hundred million dollars worldwide.
Star Wars launched the acting careers of all three of its main characters, with the young Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill.
Hailed for its special effects, Star Wars took it’s viewers to places it they had never been before, with death-rays, light-sabres, and the loyal robot servants of C-3PO and R2-D2.
Star Wars was to become a pop culture phenomenon. Over the ensuing years, it gave birth to five feature movies, and a smash hit TV series. Comic books, action figures, videos, t‑shirts, among other novelties, showed the movie industry a new revenue source worth millions which had never been truly exploited before.
No other movie in the history of Hollywood has done as much to change the movie industry and take the big silver screen beyond the conventional limits of cinema-photography as Star Wars.
Reflect back on your first viewing of Star Wars, how did it affect you? Why do you think Star Wars captured the hearts and minds of so many people?
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