Deeper insight into foreign galaxies: The Star Wars archive

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George Lucas opens his archive: A many kilos heavier, image -, and text band provides information on the history of the famous space Opera “Star Wars”. The book itself is a visual event in XXL-Format.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Tribute to the German cinema

    Yes, “Star Wars”, the American Fantasy-Science-Fiction phenomenon par excellence, is also a homage to the German silent film-the cinema of the Weimar Republic. Star Wars inventor George Lucas knew in the history of film. The droid C-3PO, which is here screwed of film technicians eagerly together, bowing in front of the robot in Fritz Lang’s famous silent film “Metropolis”.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Photos, Photos, Photos…

    Whether cartoon characters, fantasy worlds, sci-Fi-accessories-Set-pictures – the international German art book publisher Taschen, published, and seven pounds is very heavy Band, “The Star Wars archives” offers everything that makes a Fan’s heart beat faster. Georges Lucas (second from left) is seen here in the circle of his cast members: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Attention to Detail

    The Band focuses on the first three movies, and shows an Abundance of models that come in it. In reality, they were small and manageable – on the big screen they overwhelmed the audience. Here, Richard Edlund, a specialist in visual effects is to see, in the Assembly of the “Millenium Falcon” for “star wars” or “Episode IV – A new hope” in 1977.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Legendary Performer

    In 1977, as “Star Wars” in the cinemas came to a stand holes in the modern American Blockbuster cinema in the start. Movies like “jaws” (1975) by Steven Spielberg and “Star Wars” – terminated two years later, revolution in the cinema scene. At the time, still in the process of the performers were of the older and classic cinema era, such as Alec Guinness, who played in 1977, the character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Amazing Insights

    Today, in the digital age, in which many of US productions without computer use are no longer conceivable, seems to be the production of the first three “Star Wars”films, almost anachronistic. The many photos show very clearly. Here, the experts Phil Tippett and Jon Berg to a battle scene for “The Empire prepare strikes back” – with models made of plastic and papier-mache.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    New worlds: George Lucas

    “I think I feel myself in a dream become a reality more comfortable than in a real reality,” is one of the many quotes from Director George Lucas from the Band “The Star Wars archives”. The book appears simultaneously in German and English, was developed in close collaboration with Star Wars Creator George Lucas and his production company “Lucasfilm”.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Legendary Tricks

    “Star Wars” was also in the history of cinema, because with this Film, a whole new era of advertising and Marketing history was ushered in. The characters of the movie, the space ships, and numerous other Star Wars accessories flooded the game room for the children all over the world. The battle with the legendary laser sword replaced the traditional Cowboy and Indian games.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Philosophical Thoughts Of The World

    “Pure Science Fiction speculates what life is in this scientific age, who we are, where we go,” philosophizes George Lucas in the Star Wars trilogy, the years of 1977-1983. The films are now part of the modern cultural heritage of humanity. You are – this makes the book significantly – Pop and entertainment, but also a philosophical and social discourse.

    Author: Jochen Kürten


  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Tribute to the German cinema

    Yes, “Star Wars”, the American Fantasy-Science-Fiction phenomenon par excellence, is also a homage to the German silent film-the cinema of the Weimar Republic. Star Wars inventor George Lucas knew in the history of film. The droid C-3PO, which is here screwed of film technicians eagerly together, bowing in front of the robot in Fritz Lang’s famous silent film “Metropolis”.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Photos, Photos, Photos…

    Whether cartoon characters, fantasy worlds, sci-Fi-accessories-Set-pictures – the international German art book publisher Taschen, published, and seven pounds is very heavy Band, “The Star Wars archives” offers everything that makes a Fan’s heart beat faster. Georges Lucas (second from left) is seen here in the circle of his cast members: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Attention to Detail

    The Band focuses on the first three movies, and shows an Abundance of models that come in it. In reality, they were small and manageable – on the big screen they overwhelmed the audience. Here, Richard Edlund, a specialist in visual effects is to see, in the Assembly of the “Millenium Falcon” for “star wars” or “Episode IV – A new hope” in 1977.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Legendary Performer

    In 1977, as “Star Wars” in the cinemas came to a stand holes in the modern American Blockbuster cinema in the start. Movies like “jaws” (1975) by Steven Spielberg and “Star Wars” – terminated two years later, revolution in the cinema scene. At the time, still in the process of the performers were of the older and classic cinema era, such as Alec Guinness, who played in 1977, the character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Amazing Insights

    Today, in the digital age, in which many of US productions without computer use are no longer conceivable, seems to be the production of the first three “Star Wars”films, almost anachronistic. The many photos show very clearly. Here, the experts Phil Tippett and Jon Berg to a battle scene for “The Empire prepare strikes back” – with models made of plastic and papier-mache.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    New worlds: George Lucas

    “I think I feel myself in a dream become a reality more comfortable than in a real reality,” is one of the many quotes from Director George Lucas from the Band “The Star Wars archives”. The book appears simultaneously in German and English, was developed in close collaboration with Star Wars Creator George Lucas and his production company “Lucasfilm”.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Legendary Tricks

    “Star Wars” was also in the history of cinema, because with this Film, a whole new era of advertising and Marketing history was ushered in. The characters of the movie, the space ships, and numerous other Star Wars accessories flooded the game room for the children all over the world. The battle with the legendary laser sword replaced the traditional Cowboy and Indian games.

  • The Myth Of The “Star Wars”

    Philosophical Thoughts Of The World

    “Pure Science Fiction speculates what life is in this scientific age, who we are, where we go,” philosophizes George Lucas in the Star Wars trilogy, the years of 1977-1983. The films are now part of the modern cultural heritage of humanity. You are – this makes the book significantly – Pop and entertainment, but also a philosophical and social discourse.

    Author: Jochen Kürten


In times in which many young people watch movies on a small screen, on the tablet or the Smartphone, such a large-format book is actually a miracle. As George Lucas’ “Star Wars” came out in 1977 in the cinema, as the light were houses of game premieres the first address for the Cinema. The TV audience had to wait a long time until a movie appeared on the home screen. And the various video cassette systems began to establish themselves in the first place.

The old Star Wars movies you see today almost only in the small format

Today, Netflix, Amazon and co. to fight for market share, the video cassette is long gone, the cinema is trying to compete with big Blockbuster movies. The old “Star Wars”episodes can be viewed on DVD and Blu-ray, or the various Streaming services available for purchase. Episodes 1 – 3 one looks best on a big screen TV. However, the Smartphone is in the case of the renewable Generation is now more popular than the “Old-School”Medium of television.

George Lucas (m.) between the producer Gary Kurtz (l) and writer Lawrence Kasdan in the year 1980

And so the German TASCHEN published a voluminous book, “The Star Wars archives”, to be released simultaneously in German and English, with his large format photos almost the more impressive visual experience. At over 600 pages, the reader will find everything he wants to know, provided he/she is the “Star Wars”Fan. For all the diehard lovers of American space Opera, the seven-Kilo Band in XXL Format turns out to be a cinematic grab bag.

The book was developed in close collaboration with Star Wars Creator George Lucas and his production company “Lucasfilm”. The Director wrote with his third game-the movie 1977 cinema history, has made his personal Archive available, and the Band willingly all the Details. That Lucas is an almost religious relationship to his first Star Wars maintains, in the meantime, self-films, is already in the Preface significantly, he controls most beige person.

Star Wars as a personal philosophy of life

“Yes, it is possible that we are connected on a spiritual level, all in a way that is beyond the Arising and ceasing of various forms of life,” philosophizes Lucas there. What has all this to do with “Star Wars”? From this the reader may make on the following pages, a rhyme. Lucas, editor Paul Duncan tells all about the creation of the first three in the years 1977-1983 resulting episodes.

For George Lucas, the films he made then later mostly from other stage and developed to a huge Franchise company, to a billion-dollar business. In the core, the man believes George Lucas is fond of, contained at least the Ur-Star-Wars-Film-a personal philosophy of life: “Darth Vader is the bad father. Ben Kenobi is the good father,” it says, and continues: “war of the stars was born from my desire to make a modern fairy tale. By fairy-tale people learn of Good and Evil and how to behave in society.” This is almost “Old School”.

For More, See: Paul Duncan (Ed.): The Star Wars archive, 1977-1983, TASCHEN Verlag, published in German and English, 604 pages, ISBN 978-3-8365-63406 (engl.) and 978-3-8365-6341-3 (dt.)