30 years of The Empire Strikes Back

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, the best Star Wars movie. I was too young to see it in the theater. I’m jealous of those who weren’t and went into cold. People who did have told me about the audible gasps and inconsolable fans outside the theater at the end. I hope I can give that experience to my son in a few years.

Nice narration by Harrison Ford

Two days ago was the 5th and 11th anniversaries of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars:Episode I The Phantom Menace, respectively. The former concluded a wonderful 8 run of Star Wars movies in the theaters. Sith is probably my second favorite, flawed as it was in parts, of the series. It should have been broken into 2 parts, but was still quite enjoyable.

Three years ago I wrote about the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars, so I won’t rehash it any more here. I will however post the Vincent Canby review of The Empire Strikes Back in The Times. Oh and The Darth Side, an excellent fan fiction of Darth Vader’s diary, is still up.

1 comment on “30 years of The Empire Strikes Back”

  1. Joe

    I saw Empire three days after it arrived in D.C. I actually bought advance tickets on Ticketron ($5.00 per ticket, I believe, an exorbitant sum for a movie theater ticket at the time) Wow, what an event that was for a 14 year-old. My best friend and I stood in line at the K-B Cinema at 5101 Wisconsin Avenue. Vendors were selling popcorn to the people in line. I was so thrilled to be able to see Empire on the big 70mm screen, and no one had the chance to ruin any surprises for me before I saw it. Boy, when we first see the back of Darth Vader’s helmet, people erupted in applause. After three years, we got our Star Wars fix, and as far as I’m concerned the whole series began to go downhill after that. Jedi wasn’t nearly as satisfying.

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