Empire Strikes Back, The*

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Empire Strikes Back, The*

  • 1997 ----- color ----- 127 min ----- vhs
  • (Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition) series, Part 5) (Directed by Irvin Kershner from the story by George Lucas; with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Frank Oz, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker) Like a lot of traditional science fiction, The Empire Strikes Back isn't psychologically complex or even very interested in personalities (aside from some obvious character traits). That's because the characters are not themselves--they are us. We are looking out through their eyes, instead of into them, as we would in more serious drama. We are on a quest, on a journey, on a mythological expedition. The story elements in the Star Wars Trilogy are as deep and universal as storytelling itself.--Roger Ebert [Contains a documentary examination of the Special Edition of Star Wars before the feature (8 min.)] (Closed-Captioned) [Letterboxed] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Aero/Astronautics, Literature: American, Motion Pictures: Features)