24 May 2007

Star Wars Blog-a-thon

Apparently tomorrow is the 30 year anniversary of Star Wars, so much to answer for...

There is a Blog-a-thon in celebration of May 25th 1977 and the films release at Eddie on Film starting tomorrow, I am posting late at night on 24th as I will be tied up most of tomorrow and it's after 11pm here.

I did go to see this on its release although I am sure it didn't reach my town until sometime in 1978, I would have been five to six years old. I had been to the cinema before but the only film I recall was 'The Jungle Book', which we all went to see, for 'Star Wars' my Mother took me, the queue was right around the corner of the small one screen cinema in the town I grew up in. I was excited, at least I think I was. I estimate that this film could have been out maybe six months before it hit our town, maybe well over a year before the film was released in the USA.

I don't rememeber how we came to see this as my Mother most certainly wasn't interested in it, so I must have nagged my parents, I'm guessing there was so much hype about this film at the time, probably nothing compared to today's hype and the general marketing of films but I certainly knew people at school who had the plastic dolls and had talked about seeing it.

Anyway I experienced something that has frequently happened to me inside cinemas since- I fell asleep. In this case I remember waking up towards the end, the part where they have to shoot straight to destroy the death star. I had no idea what was going on in the film at this point, I am not even sure that I had enjoyed the film, I certainly had no idea about half of what the characters were saying. I remember looking at my Mother, she seemed to be sucked in to whatever was happening in the film.

A strange thing happened when we left the cinema, it was daylight as it had been a matinee and it was the first time I had experienced stepping out into the bright daylight after hours inside a dark cinema.

That's all I can remember about the first time I saw 'Star Wars'.

Eddie on Film, Star Wars Blog-a-thon, link.


RC said...

I have a friend that says the sign of an old person is if they were born when the first star wars came out.

(he was born fall of 1977 so you can see how that works for him)

Uncle Gustav said...

Jeepers...I was born near the release of Forbidden Planet!!! I guess I should start shopping around for burial plots and tombstones.

Jacob Dybala said...

I found this great clip on jokes.m3Rlin.org. It's a great claymation movie about Darth Vader and the Emperor: http://jokes.m3rlin.org/funny/darth-vader-calls-the-emperor-claymation . I laughed so hard!!!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound like anyone will have fond memories of this one....