- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reissue edition (January 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811809722
- ISBN-13: 978-0811809726
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives Paperback – January 1, 1995
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The director of the Lucasfilm Archives says that before Return of the Jedi, it just never occurred to anyone to formally store and catalog the accumulated "stuff" associated with the Star Wars films. Stormtrooper helmets and lightsabers were crammed next to models of tauntauns and sandcrawlers in closets and cubbyholes. Only when George Lucas was surrounded by all this junk for a Jedi publicity shot did the Lucasfilm folks realize what an amazing collection they had.
That collection only grew when Lucas scored with the popular Indiana Jones trilogy, which added all manner of whips, swords, and idols to the archive. This photo-packed book chronologically surveys the collection's highlights: props, models, storyboards, backdrops, and sketches, spanning all six films. Fans of either (or both) series will be gratified by a glimpse at these oh-so-cool artifacts. Unfortunately, the text isn't quite as edifying as the pictures. Behind-the-scenes insights, such as the fact that Imperial Walkers were a late substitution for Norwegian army tanks and that Indy's shooting of the swordmaster in the market was a fatigue-induced ad lib, often take a back seat to unnecessary plot recaps and equally superfluous explanations (for example, that the Force is sort of like chi). Of course, the artifacts from the archive are the real attraction, and they don't disappoint. --Paul Hughes
About the Author
Mark Cotta Vaz recently completed his 19th book, a biography of Merian C. Cooper, creator of King Kong which is scheduled to be published by Random House in 2005. Vaz's books on movie history include Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm , which
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There's not a lot of writeup but they are always interesting to read. It's a great look behind the scenes are all the props used during filming. Sometimes the models are miniatures, sometimes they are life size, like Jabba the Hutt. There are a lot of close up shots on the miniature spaceships which shows details (or in-jokes) like tiny Star Wars and Playboy posters hanging on the cockpit. The book really features too many items to mention.
The matte paintings for backgrounds are pretty spectacular. It will definitely make you see the movies differently on re-runs, wondering what's real and what's not.
This is a nice archive that will sure to delight the fans. However for the comprehensive definitive guides, check out Star Wars Chronicles,Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels and The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)