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Star Wars (George Lucas, USA, 1977)

Lucas fills his screen with loving touches... Seeing the film the first time, I was swept away, and have remained swept ever since.
— Roger Ebert

In tribute to Peter Mayhew (1944 - 2019)

Enjoy the original Star Wars movie as audiences did in 1977. We'll be showing the version that George Lucas has not dabbled with. That means no 'Episode IV: A New Hope' subtitle, no extra explosions and best of all no CGI Jabba the Hutt. But what there is, is plenty of Peter Mayhew's "walking carpet" Chewbacca ("who looks as if he’s come straight out of a neolithic pantomime" according to Derek Malcolm's original review in the Guardian).

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) joins forces with Jedi Knight Alec Guinness, a cocky pilot (Harrison Ford), the aforementioned Wookiee and the droid double to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from the mysterious Darth Vader. That's the plot. The fun comes from the film's many iconic scenes and nostalgic spin on Westerns, samurai movies and space fantasy serials all set in one of the most completely realised galaxies in any type of fiction.