I’ve been posting about some of the condensed $25.00 books coming to TASCHEN for their 40th anniversary. One book I’ve written about is Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse. The Ultimate History. That is one of four I personally plan to purchase, and another is The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983 – 40th Anniversary Edition. The original XXL large format version of this book retails at $200.00. TASCHEN says about the 40th anniversary books, “The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program—now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.” Amazon has the posted release date for The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983 – 40th Anniversary Edition as December 13th, 2020. Each book I’ve posted about is 512 pages and about 3 pounds. The dimensions are 6.1 x 8.5 in. I look forward to these books!
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.
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