Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy is a 2004 documentary film directed by Kevin Burns and narrated by Robert Clotworthy. It documents the making of the original Star Wars trilogy.
|Release Date||:||September 12, 2004|
|Production Company||:||Lucasfilm, Fox Television Studios, Prometheus Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Edith Becker, Kevin Burns|
|Casts||:||Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Jim Bloom, Leo Braudy, Ben Burtt, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Howard G. Kazanjian, Gary Kurtz, Bill Moyers, Carrie Fisher, Gareth Wigan, Alan Ladd, Jr., Richard Edlund, Joe Johnston, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Phil Tippett, John Williams, Lawrence Kasdan, Billy Dee Williams, Stuart Freeborn, Frank Oz, Warwick Davis, Paul Huston, Harrison Ford|
|Plot Keywords||:||audition, making of, space opera, film|
I watch this movie as both entertainment and education. If there was ever a film that so thoroughly covers the making of a classic, bears all and leaves you wanting it to be longer than its 2 1/2 hour length, it is this.
First, it offers a breakdown of Lucas' roots, inspirations and student films. It glides over his personal life, barely mentioning how he met and married his wife, and tastefully omits the divorce Lucas endured as a result of his investment of time into Skywalker Ranch, instead of his marriage. The editor allows us to hear Lucas begin to talk about it, and then fades it off. It was painful the first time, and he probably should't have to relive it with his fans.
The same Bonus Disc contains a shorter documentary that features today's best movie directors discussing how SW influenced them. There is not a finer documentary made about the process of film-making.
The documentary almost takes a detour into propaganda when THX and Pixar come up, but then we realize that Lucas was the guy all of these entities was born from, or developed from. Today's movie editing software is born from Lucas' struggle to make 1970's equipment and people work for him.
A must-viewing for anyone serious about the craft or the profession.