Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: Whet Your Appetite for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Bittersweet Doc 'Elstree 1976'

It’s a film buff’s starter for 10: which science fiction movie was shot in the UK’s Elstree Studios in 1976? The correct answer, especially for those fast on the buzzer, may induce mouth-watering anticipation of a nostalgic, behind-the-scenes account of George Lucas’s "Star Wars." So a slight pause is in order. Jon Spira’s documentary is not a "making of" in any conventional sense, but a glimpse into the experience and after-effects of involvement in the film, for a handful of extras and actors with very small speaking roles. It isn’t really about one of the most famous and influential movies of all time, but a bittersweet account of ordinary people sucked...

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