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Candid Polaroids from behind the scenes of 'Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi'


With the final moments of George Lucas’ saga Star Wars set to land at our cinemas shortly, we thought we’d take a look back at one of the original movies with the behind the scenes polaroids of Return of the Jedi.

The final instalment 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 film when it originally came out or if you’re a fan of more modern times; this is one flick that we can all get behind.

The film is a piece of cinema history and a lasting testament to Lucas’ original vision for the 9-film project. However, it is when you peek behind the camera and see the inner workings of a movie-behemoth that a real fan can find some Holy Grail audience gratification. When it’s through the humble medium of Polaroid cameras it’s even better.

Huge in the ’80s and ’90s, Polaroid‘s instantaneous film development made the camera a useful tool in the world of cinema. It provided effects teams, prop teams and directors the chance to capture a moment, prop or location on film with ease and it was cheap enough that most people could have one. While many producers would go on to destroy the Polaroids collated during the filming process, luckily for us Star Wars fans, some kept the images and with it offer a chance to see films from a whole new perspective.

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 story 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 to complete a wondrous cast.

In the film, the Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor and shadowed by the greatest cinema villains of all time, 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 that 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 that provided villains and lovable heroes the dazzling futurist visuals 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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