February 8th, 2012: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Cast and Crew:  Irvin Kershner (Director); John Williams (Music); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz

What It’s About: The continuing adventures of the Luke, Leia, Han, and the Rebels in their struggle against Darth Vader and the Imperial forces.

Why Watch it Today?: Composer of the film’s score and former conductor of the Boston Pops, John Williams turns 80 years old today. In an era of disco, punk, and modern music beginning to appear in movies, Williams reminded the world that an original score can still be an amazing way to take filmmaking to an epic level. Star Wars had a great original score, but with Empire, Williams was able to take preexisting themes, expand on them, and add new pieces that seamlessly blend into the oeuvre of the film series.

Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental Only) or your local library.

2 comments on “February 8th, 2012: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice choice, especially to mark his 80th bday with a 1980 score, but weren’t you the guy who said Lucas should have stopped after the first one?

    • professormortis says:

      Well, Mister Invisible, who wrote this entry, probably never said that, but I”m sure I did. That was mostly because I was still in shock at how awful the prequels were and because I was tired of hearing people bust on the first Star Wars by saying Empire is superior to it. Which is insanity. I still prefer Star Wars but Empire is a damned fine film in its own right. I’ve given up my grudge against Jedi (which is not as good as the others but a reasonable finale) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (though none of the sequels can TOUCH Raiders).

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