It’s been over 40 years since Star Wars burst into our lives, but the mania that surrounds it shows no sign of dying down. The original trilogy had a longlasting influence on filmmaking, and kickstarted a new creative era for Hollywood. But while a whole generation knows the stories by heart, less people are aware of the work of the conceptual designers and artists that shaped the films’ look and feel – doing everything from designing and building spaceships, to sketching out characters’ costumes.
Taschen’s The Star Wars Archives takes a deep delve into the original trilogy, with 300 image-heavy pages that go behind-the-scenes of the making of each film. Alongside this, author Paul Duncan has interviewed George Lucas, who shares a firsthand account of his early years and his time working on the Star Wars trilogy.
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