SPFX: "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" (TV)

Summary

This documentary focuses on the special effects used in George Lucas's film "The Empire Strikes Back." Highlights of this program, narrated by Mark Hamill, include an explanation of stop-motion photography; clips from early fantasy films, including "King Kong," "The Thief of Bagdad," and "Trip to the Moon"; a clip from "Star Wars"; a demonstration of the creature models used in "The Empire Strikes Back"; composer John Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra for the film's soundtrack; clips from models of the Millennium Falcon; excerpts from films made by children; an explanation of puppeteer Frank Oz's "Yoda"; and Hamill learning to fence for his role. The program also features appearances by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alec Guinness. Commercials deleted.

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: September 22, 1980 Monday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:48:50
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0665
  • GENRE: Arts documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Film music
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV, 1980
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Robert Guennette … Producer, Director
    • Richard Schickel … Producer, Writer
    • Miki Herman … Associate Producer
    • Peter Wood … Associate Producer
    • John Williams … Music by
    • Mark Hamill … Narrator
    • Carrie Fisher
    • Harrison Ford
    • Alec Guinness
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • George Lucas
    • Frank Oz