CINEMA: THE FORCE IS BACK

WITH STAR WARS, GEORGE LUCAS PLAYED TO OUR FANTASIES; NOW, AS THE NEW VERSION IS RELEASED, HE REVEALS HIS

According to one person who helped work on it, the most famous opening title in film history nearly began "A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away..." Not that that's so different from "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." It's just that Star Wars has become such a cultural given that it almost seems as if the film had been channeled from the pop ether fully formed and perfect, like a melody entering Paul McCartney's head. With all the hoopla surrounding the current rerelease, it's easy to forget just how dicey a proposition Star Wars...

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