MIDAlpha TitleTitleYearColor/BWRunning TimeFormatsAbstractTopics
7058Star Wars--A New Hope*STAR WARS--A NEW HOPE*1997color124 minvhs (Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition) series, Part 4) (Written and directed by George Lucas; with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew) To see Star Wars again after 20 years is to revisit a place in the mind. George Lucas's space epic has colonized our imaginations, and it is hard to stand back and see it simply as a motion picture, because it has so completely become part of our memories. It's as goofy as a children's tale, as shallow as an old Saturday afternoon serial, as corny as Kansas in August--and a masterpiece. It combined a new generation of special effects with the high-energy action picture; it linked space opera and soap opera, fairy tales and legend, and packaged them as a wild visual ride. Those who analyze its philosophy do so, I imagine, with a smile in their minds. May the Force be with them.--Roger Ebert (Closed-Captioned) [An examination of the Special Edition of Star Wars is presented before the feature (13 min).] [Letterboxed] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)