Star Wars fans are known for a lot of things. Wanting to know the minutia, history and backstory of every character, ship and planet to the nth degree is one of those things they are known for. Let’s face it, taking it to that degree of fandom is what makes one a Star Wars geek and not just a fan. It’s going beyond Greedo or Han shooting first to ‘What was the guy behind the bartender’s deal when he watched Han shoot Greedo? What was his motivation? Where did he come from?’ The super Star Wars geeks take it to a level beyond that. These are the people that not only want to know the motivation of the characters they want to know what was going through the minds of the actors playing them. Elstree 1976 is a movie released in theaters and on-demand today that answers some of those questions.
Elstree 1976 came about as a crowd sourced campaign that was launched in 2014 by filmmaker John Spira. Two years later releasing to some praise. It does take a special type of person to appreciate the level of full frontal nerdity that includes interviews with the likes of David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, Paul Blake, Garrick Hagon and Pam Rose.
Let’s pause for a moment here and let those names sink in. How big of Star Wars fan are you? Did you see Jeremy Bulloch’s name and get excited? What about some of the others? At the very least, if you didn’t know who David Prowse was then this movie might not be for you.
“My epitaph will read, Here Lies Greedo,” Paul Blake faces the camera in the documentary and points out.
Then again if all those names rang a bell, Elstree 1976 is a must. See it in theaters with friends or alone in your parent’s basement if you’re a true Star Wars geek.
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