Interesting facts about the movie "Star Wars"

Star Wars is a cult epic fantasy saga that includes 6 movies, as well as animated series, cartoons, television films, books, comics, video games - all permeated with a single storyline and created in a single fantastic Universe of Star Wars. Wars ”, conceived and implemented by American director George Lucas in the early 1970s and later expanded. The saga, and especially the first films, had a huge impact on modern Western culture, became one of the masterpieces of science fiction cinema, and according to various polls, they were even recognized as the best in the history of cinema.

The first film was released on May 25, 1977 under the title Star Wars. The film was a huge box office success, which effectively saved 20th Century Fox from the then threatened bankruptcy. When doubts about the payback of the project disappeared, the first film received the subtitle "A New Hope", and soon two sequels appeared after it - in 1980 and 1983.

In 1997, 20 years after the release of the first film, the original trilogy was reworked with CGI and re-released. The films were re-released, respectively, 256, 5 million, 124, 2 million and 88, 7 million dollars.

In 1999, the movie Star Wars. Episode I: The Phantom Menace ", which marked the beginning of a new trilogy - the prehistory of the original.

According to George Lucas, the idea of ​​the film arose under the influence of Joseph Campbell's research on comparative mythology ("A Hero with a Thousand Faces", etc.).

1976 is considered to be the beginning of the history of "Star Wars". It was then that the eponymous novelization book by AD Foster and J. Lucas appeared, telling about the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. Producers at 20th Century Fox feared the film would fail at the box office and decided to release the book early to gauge its success. In 1997 at the World Science Fiction Society Congress, George Lucas received the Special Hugo Award for this novel.

The saga had a great impact on popular culture, uniting enthusiastic people in fan clubs, role-playing reconstruction clubs. The epic cinema laid the foundation for a whole fantasy subgenre of the same name in cinema. The popularity of the project turned out to be so great that the public transferred its name to the American government program "SDI - Star Wars". A fencing system was developed in the appropriate style - saberfighting. In addition, on the basis of this film epic, a new religious movement called "Jediism" arose.

The so-called "lightsabers" in the first "Star Wars" were actually wooden, pasted over with reflective material. And only then, at the ILM studio, they were given a characteristic shine. In addition, the swords, according to the actors, were very fragile and quickly broke.

The role of asteroids was often played by ordinary potatoes.

Revenues from related products (toys, clothing, etc.) exceeded $ 20 billion.

George Lucas had to send the first film in the saga to theaters, bundled with other potential blockbusters, as only fewer than 40 US cinemas initially agreed to deliver the film.

Master Yoda's doll was originally made by British artist Stuart Freeborn, who drew the character's appearance from Einstein's facial expressions and facial features.

Since the performer of the role of Darth Vader, David Prowse, spoke with a strong Scottish accent, voiced the character James Earl Jones, who made the hero gasp and wheeze ominously. Earl was subsequently awarded an honorary Oscar for outstanding achievement in the field of cinema - many believe that thanks to this role.

Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia, recalled that she once sniffed cocaine on the set.

The sound of laser shots in the film was recorded on the Severn Bridge in Great Britain: this is how the supporting cables sounded in the wind.

Some researchers believe that the plot of "Star Wars" is borrowed from the Bible, since the forces of good, evil and the messiah (Luke) are present there.