Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope began filming in 1977. It was described by George Lucas, quite famously, as a modern fairytale set “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”.

The premise being a young man Luke Skywalker dreams of becoming a space pilot, bored of his life as a farm boy on the desert of Tatooine. He is dragged into a civil war between the Galactic Empire and a band of rebels. Hamil and Fisher, now pop culture icons played the lead roles of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars was first released in theatres in the United States on May 25th, 1977. Its earnings were huge with $461 million in the United States and $314 million overseas. Lucas’ film surpassed Jaws to become the highest-grossing film of all time at that time.

Filmed in Tunisia, on location and at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, it used creative and unique special effects like never seen before that were created by Lucas’ Light & Magic company.

The film received ten Academy Award nominations and, quite emphatically, won seven of them. At the time, it was among the first films to be selected as part of the U.S Library of Congree’s National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

These rare Polaroids give a great insight into the making of this innovative sci-fi classic. The shots were owned by crew member Ann Skinner and include scenes not included in the final cut.

(Images via Vintage.es)

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