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Star Wars as you've never seen it before

The definitive exploration of the original Star Wars trilogy has been launched including an exclusive interview with George Lucas. The new book includes script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters

The 1970s wasn't exactly the pinnacle of cinematic art. Anyone remember The Day of the Dolphin? Death Race 2000? The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds? Precisely.

But then in 1977 something happened that would change cinema for ever: the first Star Wars film was released. After years of depressing, cynical and downright awful films, this was a shining light, a beacon, a New Hope, if you will.

A new book has been launched by publisher Taschen called The Star Wars Archives 1977-1983. Written by Paul Duncan, it includes an interview with writer, director, and producer George Lucas. This first volume covers 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 is illustrated with script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters.

Here's a sneak preview of some of the unique behind-the-scenes images…

The Star Wars Archives: 1977–1983 by Paul Duncan (Taschen, £150) is out now.

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