Star Wars is an American film series created by George Lucas. The first film in the series was originally released in 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, followed by two sequels. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released.
George Lucas never wanted to make mass market films. He and those around him have often felt he has been sidetracked by the 'Star Wars' saga.
Leia's white dress in "A New Hope" signifies her alignment to a technological world. She fits in esoterically on the Death Star and even feels at home by engaging in retorts with her captors.
Film critic Roger Ebert writes, '"Like 'Birth of a Nation' and 'Citizen Kane,' 'Star Wars' was a technical watershed that influenced many of the movies that came after. These films have little in common, except for the way they came along at a crucial moment in cinema history, when new methods were ripe for synthesis."
“'Star Wars'' effectively brought to an end the golden era of early-1970s personal filmmaking and focused the industry on big-budget special-effects blockbusters, blasting off a trend we are still living through." Roger Ebert makes this statement, and points at the studios for trying to make their own Star Wars.
According to Lucas, "Star Wars" had influences from early pirate, adventure, and romantic films of the 1940s. With its basic premise centering on a romantic fantasy, it was inspired by the traditions in the mythology of "King Arthur" and the spirit of "Robin Hood."
"The creation of the lightsaber symbolized the simplicity of a warrior's life where honor ruled above everything else. As warriors tasked to bring peace to the galaxy, a Jedi's weapon was meant as the perfect defensive weapon to protect its wielder."
Star Wars became the first cult-movie blockbuster and the first live-action movie to franchise its popularity into merchandising at a level that surpassed the Disney cartoon features. The revenue from merchandising, not Lucas' share of the film's take, was what made him a billionaire.
Lucas is a graduate of the USC film school. He felt a kinship with Bruce Conner, Scott Bartlett and other members of San Francisco's vital avant-garde scene. The success of American Graffiti, and later Star Wars, took him by surprise.
George Lucas always planned to make a sequel to "A New Hope," even if it failed at the box office. In 1978, Alan Dean Foster was hired to write the novelization of "Star Wars," but his contract was for two books, and Lucas stipulated that for the second, Foster should write something that could be used as a template for a cheap film sequel.
Darth Vader's reveal that he is Luke's father was kept so secret that even the man in Vader's suit, Dave Prowse, didn't know. The script said that Luke's 'No!' was in response to Vader telling him that he killed his father. Only Lucas, Hamill, Kershner and James Earl Jones (who voiced Vader) knew the real secret.