The final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy Return of the Jedi holds a dear place in many of our hearts. Whether you were waiting in line to catch the movie when it originally came out or you’re a fan of more modern times, this is one sci-fi flick that we can all get behind. Even more so when you peek behind the camera and see the inner workings of a movie-behemoth through the humble medium of Polaroid cameras.

Huge in the 80s and 90s, Polaroid‘s instantaneous film development made it a useful tool in the world of film. It provided effects teams, prop teams and directors the chance to capture a moment, prop or similar on film with ease. While many producers would go on to destroy the Polaroids collated during the filming process, luckily, some kept the images and with it offer a chance to see behind the scenes of some of favourite films.

Star Wars VI was one of these films. Thankfully George Lucas and his director on the film Richard Marquan kept the images and with it we get to see the working minds behind one of the most beloved films in cinema history. The final episode of the original trilogy the flick is set one year after The Empire Strikes Back and may have been the first film to struggle with ‘spoilers’. The film stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Frank Oz.

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In the film, the Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor and shadowed by the greatest of villains in the 1980s Darth Vader, is constructing a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance. With the Emperor planning to oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a huge attack on the Death Star to destroy it and kill the Emperor in the process. An attack which would effectively bring an end to their hold over the galaxy. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker struggles to bring Darth Vader back to the light side of the Force.

While the storyline and characters are from another galaxy, what really stood Star Wars apart from the rest is the stunning visual effects which provided villains and lovable heroes in equal measure. The Polaroids below show this and so much more in work and are a must for any Star Wars fan.

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