Star Wars Begins

02/04/2011

Sir Alec Guinness deemed George Lucas’ dialogue “rather creaky, but I kept turning the pages…” Case in point: in the pivotal scene where he and Luke are in Obi-Wan’s cave, the original line is: “You must do what you feel.”

Guinness, in the fashion of the best actors, simply and wonderfully added …”what is right, of course.” And it was instantly improved. “You must do what you feel is right, of course.”

This and many more insider secrets of the making of Star Wars is available thanks to a superfan named Jambe Davdar. (Han Solo smoking a cigarette in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon is not to be missed.)  Cinematical has all 14 parts of this not-for-profit documentary at their site. There are many things the Jawa-type scavengers among us have seen before, but there’s also a lot of new stuff. Highly recommended for fans.

It goes without saying (and the ensuing guilt trip) that many Bothans died to bring us this information.

IMPERIAL UPDATE: THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FOR YOUR PROTECTION. SEE ATTACHED 27B/6 DOCUMENT TO CONCUR.

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Stranger Among Bears = Win

05/03/2009

 

image via blogto.com

image via blogto.com

 

 

Last night I watched Animal Planet for the lulz, but what I got was a treat.

Charlie Vandergraw is a retired schoolteacher who lives in a special place in Alaska.  A place where the Black Bears and Grizzly Bears come to visit often.  He hangs out with them, talks and interacts with them on a daily basis, sans hibernation times.  Some say he’s insane, especially myself at first.  I remember the end of Grizzly Man oh too well.  Others say he’s a criminal, since it’s against state law to feed wild bears.

The amazing thing here is the filmmaker, Richard Terry.  A spitting image of wild-eyed Colin Ferrell, this guy watched Grizzly Man before this assignment, and did it anyway.  Terry’s  footage and closeness of the bears to Charlie are amazing in their own right.  His testament to the drama that transpired is even more brilliant.  Here’s a great set of photos set to his commentary.     

Maybe it was the HD shots, maybe it was the relationship between filmmaker and subject(s).  This show was spellbinding, and at least no one died this time. But wow, what a story.