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Star Wars: The Movies and the Legacy
In 1977 Star Wars was released onto an unsuspecting audience.
Movies were about to undergo a fundemental change, something akin to the effect Rock 'n' Roll had on the music industry.
But at the time NOBODY thought it would succeed.
In fact it wasn't even slated to go on general release.
In the UK it was due to be shown in a selected 12 cinema only.
There was no money spent on any big advertising campaigns, and the posters were cheap "artists impressions" (these, btw sell for $1000's of dollars now).
The actors were given a choice of a flat wage or a percentage of the royalties as the budget wouldn't stretch to cover a big wage bill.
But then the most unusual thing happened...
I was 13 years old at the time and I remember EVERYONE talking about this great new movie.
EVERYONE wanted to see it.
News of it spread like wildfire.
So phenominal was it's success that it had to be pulled out of the cinemas so that it could be remarketed and released nationwide.
In fact much of the popularity of the collectibles market is due to the demand for Star Wars figures in the 70's and 80's.
And as they say the rest is history.
No matter where you are or where you go everyone has heard of Star Wars.
As someone in Thailand who the US President is...
Chances are they won't know.
Ask them who Darth Vader is and...
So when and where does the story begin...
Conceived by the great imagination of George Lucas, Star Wars has now become one of the most recognized franchises in the world.
A true science fiction movie in every sense of the word, it has captured the imagination of those who have followed it from its humble beginnings.
The film series has become the epitome for all other science fiction movies which came after its first release in May 1977 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
After the success of the initial Star Wars movie, it inspired George Lucas into creating his own studio and to come up with sequels to the original movie.
Thus Lucas Films Ltd. was born and two more films followed suit after the first Star Wars release (which was later subtitled �A New Hope�).
Three years after the first one was released, the second film of the trilogy subtitled The Empire Strikes Back was released followed by Return of the Jedi three years later.
It was more than a decade before Lucas released the second (or should I say first) trilogy to follow up on the original series.
It was also due in part to the improvement of the cinematic special effects technology and CGI (computer generated imagery) that motivated Lucas to make another set of trilogy since it was the right time to achieve the visuals needed for the film making.
This time a prequel series to the original Star Wars, the much awaited Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released on May 1999.
Just like the original trilogy before it, the next two of the series were released three years after the other namely: Episode II: Attack of the Clones on May 2002 and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on May 2005.
The original trilogy follows the journeys and transformation of a young Luke Skywalker into becoming a Jedi Knight.
The events depicted on the film take place in a fictional galaxy at war with the tyrannical rule of The Empire.
Robots and spaceships and space travel were the common features on the film as well as fictional planets and extra-terrestrial beings.
The film captured the hearts and imagination of the viewers which in turn led to Star Wars mania making the series an instant success.
The prequel trilogy was created to explain the many questions in the original trilogy. But mainly it revolves around the adventures and upbringing of the main character, Anakin Skywalker who was discovered by a Jedi Knight named Qui-Gon Jinn in the planet of Tattooine.
Believing that the young Skywalker was the Chosen One who would bring balance to The Force, Qui-Gon Jinn took the child under his wing to train him into becoming a Jedi.
It was later revealed, most notably in the third part of the trilogy series, that Anakin Skywalker was indeed the father of Luke and Leah and that he was consumed and turned over by the Dark Side of the force to become the feared and powerful Darth Vader of the original Star Wars of 1977.
Although a bit confusing the story is best appreciated and understood if you watch the most recent trilogy centered around Anakin and follow it up with the original Star Wars trilogy from 1977-83. It should be noted that the CGI effects might become a bit old or outdated for some as you go on but this is the only way to fully understand the story especially for those who have just jumped into the Star Wars bandwagon.
At this point there is nothing much further to explain about the series other than to watch it in marathon, enjoy and be entertained. Whatever side you decide to choose, may The Force be with you.
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