Star Wars Mythology

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To celebrate Star Wars's 30th anniversary, creator George Lucas will be joined by many of his collaborators at a special screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Goldwyn Theatre. Simultaneously, Ballantine Books is publishing JW Rinzler's The Making of Star Wars, which bills itself as "The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film". Rinzler's account will strip away the mythology about the movie's creation. Lucas was constantly challenging his crew to come up with innovative solutions, like John Dykstra's motion-control camera that defined the state of the art.

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