I know I’m a geeky “Star Wars” fan, but I had the most fun over the weekend at the Golden State Film Festival, where I got to see, on the big screen, my favorite of the series “The Empire Strikes Back” with director Irvin Kershner.
Kershner introduced the movie, seemingly shocked that so many people would turn out on a Sunday night to see a 29-year-old movie. After the movie he answered questions from the audience for about 45 minutes, giving lots of little details about the movie.
His take on the movie franchise was charming, pointed (he didn’t really like the newer movies) and funny.
Five things that struck me from Kershner’s talk:
- Technology, aka CGI, has hindered movie making (putting an emphasis on the action instead of the story) and making movies feel and look more like video games.
- Most of ‘Empire’ was voiced over after the film was cut together because there was too much noise on the set.
- Only Kershner and actor Mark Hamill knew Darth Vader was Luke’s father on set; the other actors and crew heard fake lines.
- Kershner hated the original script and had it re-rewritten.
- Kershner considers the story a fairytale not sci-fi.
So, in honor of my fun “Empire” weekend, I thought we could play a little The Beehive Asks: What’s the best movie in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise?