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|
This documentary about the making-of the Star Wars trilogy makes one realize how much of a miracle it was that the original film was made at all. A myriad of problems beset George Lucas and his collaborators during production and few predicted the film would be as big as it became.
Empire of Dreams (2004) is a generally good documentary. It goes in-depth with the production of the first film especially. The best asset is the plethora of archive footage, which is wonderful to see.
I'm not sure if this is the definitive behind-the-scenes SW. The majority of Empire of Dreams (2004) focuses its attention on Star Wars (1977) and lavishes a good deal of attention on The Empire Strikes Back (1980), virtually ignoring Return of the Jedi (1983). You're probably better off with JW Rinzler's Star Wars books, which give each film in the trilogy equal attention and go into an almost day-by-day record of the productions.
Empire of Dreams is also quite uncritical and there are several moments when as much extreme praise is showered upon George Lucas as possible, bordering on nauseating. Marcia Lucas, whose contributions to the film were important, is quickly glossed over. She and David Prowse (the physical performance of Darth Vader) were not interviewed due to having rather rocky relationships with George. There's also a plug for those wretched special editions, with their intrusive CG additions and narrative tampering.
Is this necessary viewing? Not really, but Star Wars fans will enjoy the behind-the-scenes footage.