Happy 35th Anniversary, Star Wars!
May 25, 2012
Thirty-five years ago yesterday, the world did not yet know about Star Wars or what it was. No one had yet heard of strange names like ‘Skywalker’ and ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, nor had any idea as to what a lightsaber or Jedi was or had any way of foreseeing the convoluted politics behind Han shooting first. That would all change on May 25, 1977, when the first Star Wars films hit theaters, sending a riptide across the cultural landscape that has, even now, yet to complete recede. To commemorate the occasion, here’s our list of our favorite Star Wars posts we’ve covered. Happy long weekend!
The one that started it all. We explore the blueprints behind the architecture of the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.
We pay tribute to the late Ralph McQuarrie, the conceptual artist who worked with George Lucas in bringing the world of Star Wars to the screen.
Photographer Cédric Delsaux inserts characters and ships from the Star Wars films into real world environments. Stormtroopers patrol empty carparks, the Millenium Falcon makes repairs in the a Dubai construction site, and the Emperor haunts the Parisian suburbs.
Make the trip of a lifetime to Tatooine, aka Tunis, Tunisia. We’ve got your guide to all iconic film sets that were left abandoned in the desert.
University economic majors forgo studying for their midterm and devise a project of their own instead to find out how much it would cost and how much material would be needed to build an actual Death Star. Hint, it’s all very expensive.