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The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983. 40th Ed.

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Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. In this book, George Lucas guides us through the original trilogy like never before, recounting the inspirations, experiences, and stories that created a modern monomyth. Complete with script pages, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, and more.
Hardcover6.1 x 8.5 in.2.45 lb512 pages
The Star Wars Archives pulls off the impossible: a fresh look at one of the most picked-off franchises ever.”
Chicago Tribune

“The best book on the greatest saga in the world.”

Welt am Sonntag

“A fascinating insight into the creation of the Star Wars.”

“The definitive exploration of the original trilogy.”
The Independent
The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983. 40th Ed.

The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983. 40th Ed.


The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983

The definitive exploration of the original trilogy

Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. After watching depressing and cynical movies throughout the early 1970s, audiences enthusiastically embraced the positive energy of the Star Wars galaxy as they followed moisture farmer Luke Skywalker on his journey through a galaxy far, far away, meeting extraordinary characters like mysterious hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi, space pirates Han Solo and Chewbacca, loyal droids C-3PO and R2-D2, bold Princess Leia Organa and the horrific Darth Vader, servant of the dark, malevolent Emperor.

Writer, director, and producer George Lucas created the modern monomyth of our time, one that resonates with the child in us all. He formed Industrial Light & Magic to develop cutting-edge special effects technology, which he combined with innovative editing techniques and a heightened sense of sound to give audiences a unique sensory cinematic experience.

In this first volume, made with the full cooperation of Lucasfilm, Lucas narrates his own story, taking us through the making of the original trilogy—Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI Return of the Jedi—and bringing fresh insights into the creation of a unique universe. Complete with script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters, this is the authoritative exploration of the original saga as told by its creator.
The editor

Paul Duncan is a film historian whose TASCHEN books include The Star Wars Archives, The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir, and Horror Cinema, as well as publications on film directors, film genres, and movie stars.

The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983. 40th Ed.
Hardcover15.6 x 21.7 cm1.11 kg512 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8115-8

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-8116-5

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-8117-2

Edition: English
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20 Ratings


Abel,November 5, 2021
I could said, I am a huge fan of your works from long ago. Now, that I can afford money to buy and time to read, my life is more joyful. Thank you very much.


Johan,October 29, 2021
Great view on the first Star Wars movies. Even the die-hard fans will be exited to see these pictures and read these stories ! Recommended for everybody !!!

Great gift

Gijs,October 29, 2021
Bought the book as a gift to my brother since we have fond memories of watching Star Wars together. He was very pleased to get it as something to remember our movienights with!

A must have

Benoit,October 28, 2021
As expected, incredible pictures and interesting stories. A good alternative to his bigger brother.

The force is strong in this one

Volker,October 28, 2021
Astonishing pictures from behind the scenes, from production and from movie sets. It's a perfect book for Star Wars Fans but also for movie buffs in general.