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John Williams Documentary

Star Wars – Music by John Williams Rare 1980 Documentary



A documentary on the amazing John Williams. He scored most of the great movie epics of the last 30 years: Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark and all its sequels, Star Wars and all its sequels!

His music is the best part of anything that he has worked on.

Williams score brought the fear and dread of the impending shark attacks in Jaws. He ( and George Lucas) had the great idea to have the music score for Star Wars contradict the pictures.  High Tech futuristic imagery with old style pseudo classical music underneath gave the potentially goofy movie a seriousness and elegance it wouldn’t have had otherwise.


Say what you want about the Phantom Menace…. John Williams music score, especially “Duel of the Fates” is excellent!


At 14:06 you can see the Carbon Freeze scene from The Empire Strikes Back with the original undubbed voices!



Endor shooting location.

RETURN OF THE JEDI Endor forest speeder bike chase scene  shooting location.



Owen Cheatham Redwood Grove in Northern California


I am a little confused, I thought I read somewhere that the Endor scenes were shot in a part of the forest that was “due to be clear cut anyway”.  And yet there it all still is.

I am assuming that trail was blazed by Star Wars fans wanting a picture by the locations, but actually that trail is there in the 1983 film. You’ve got to look real quick but its there.

If they made this film today there would be using newer, more advanced “steadi cams”  or drones or…. ( yukk!) CGI.  One idea I always had was the lay many MILES of dolly track with a real practical speeder bike on it and just film it.