Star Wars in London

Star Wars Makes Cinema History with British Movietone

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, and a little effort from The British Movietone Digital Archive, we can now look back at London’s view of an insignificant little movie called “Star Wars”.

In their words: “The much publicised and long-awaited film “Star Wars” opens in London with queues outside two West End cinemas. At the Science Museum costumes, vehicles and Robots, together with ‘still’ photographs of the film, are on display for the public. We take a look at a scene from the film which has been seen by almost 600,000 in its first month in London.”

Looking further at the recently released AP archive on Youtube, you can also watch John Williams receiving a BAFTA for his film score:

Check out more vintage footage over at the British Movietone Youtube Channel.

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Buster Crabbe Appears At Science Fiction Film Awards

It is common knowledge that Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1940s. So how cool was it that Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon in the serials) appeared on stage with Mark Hamill during the Science Fiction Film Awards telecast? It aired in 1978 to recognize achievement in science fiction film for the year 1977.

Hamill shows up at 3:46 of Part II to introduce him. The entire show is worth watching from the beginning, especially to see the opening song and dance number.

I’m just posting Part I and II just to show the flow leading to the Crabbe and Hamill appearance. The special itself is split into 10 parts on YouTube. Rather than blow up the blog with 10 embedded videos just search for “Science Fiction Film Awards 1978” on YouTube if you’d like to watch the entire special. This was the fifth annual but first televised broadcast of the ceremony.

Here is the entire award show in 10 parts:

or if you want to jump straight to Buster…here is part 2.

Are you a fan of Flash Gordon? Follow HAIL FLASH on Facebook to appreciate the history of the character.

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Here is Luke Skywalker and Monty Python’s Black Knight sharing a moment, courtesy of Naolito.com. Why hasn’t the internet teamed Star Wars and Python up more? Oh, it has, there is Monty Python & The Holy Lightsaber:

Oh, and the Star Wars Argument sketch…

Or how about a little witch burning…

Or the Knights that say ‘Ni’!

It seems the internet knows what it is doing. Carry on everyone.

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Retro Polish Movie Posters

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I recently wrote about an unusual Italian ‘Battle For the Planet of the Apes’ movie poster. This got me thinking that there might be other films that have received similar treatment and so a search was started to find more oddities. Believe me when I say that what I found was a treasure trove of weirdness…

For example, the poster above is for the 1987 ‘Aliens’ – but you had guessed that, right? Those eyes weren’t fooling you?!

Raiders of the Lost Ark

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ received an impressive montage of images, replete with multiple swastika’s! And ‘Return of the Jedi’ has a new hero in C-3PO, where the golden protocol droid takes centre stage in some very nice artwork!

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My favourite from those I browsed through has to be this ‘Harry and the Hendersons’ poster. Peace Man!

Harry and the Hendersons

These posters and many many more can be found over at PolishPosters.com.

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Random Star Wars Music

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While moving stuff around in my Star Wars room the other day I realized that I had several different forms of Star Wars audio. I have vinyl records, 8-tracks, cassette tapes and CDs. I finally combined all of them into one single area, a “Star Wars Audio” shelf.

I used to really enjoy those Star Wars audio books in which voice actors and a narrator relayed a story relating to the Star Wars universe. In Ewoks Join the Fight, which you can see above, you can relive that epic battle in which a bunch of small teddy bears helped the Rebel Alliance crush the Empire on Endor in 45 RPM.

And if you would rather dance, well, there’s always Meco.