The Cultural Phenomenon Of ‘Star Wars’ And The Creative Genius Of George Lucas

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Do you fondly remember playing with a Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, or Luke Skywalker action figure? Have you ever uttered the phrase, “May the Force Be With You”? Are you strongly in the camp of either Team R2D2 or Team C3PO?

For the vast majority of us, the answer to at least one of these questions would be a resounding YES. 

When George Lucas brought “Star Wars” to movie theaters and drive-in screens in 1977, he did much more than share a great story… he literally changed the face of both filmmaking and merchandising. The impact of his ground-breaking ‘space Western’ is being felt to this day.

Join us for this out-of-world episode focused on the cultural phenomenon of “Star Wars.” From behind-the-scenes stories about the development of the space saga, to the reasoning behind the casting choices, to the technological innovations necessitated by the ambitious script, to the merchandising explosion that occurred after the movie’s release, we cover it all. 

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Show Notes for Episode 86!

Sources:

https://screenrant.com/star-wars-major-hollywood-blockbuster-franchise-trends-george-lucas-saga-started/#joseph-campbell-s-hero-s-journey

2004 Documentary:  “Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy”

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/star-wars-40th-anniversary

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/89559/hottest-star-wars-toy-christmas-1977-was-empty-box

https://collider.com/star-wars-books-in-order-timeline-canon/

How Star Wars Reinvented Cinema

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-thread/id1281073227 (Looks like no new episodes since 2020)

“Inside Star Wars” Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inside-star-wars/id1459899343

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