Flash Movie Review: Elstree 1976

For such a small detail, I do not know how many would even notice the importance of it. When looking at a painting that displays a face in it, carefully check out the eyes if they are open. Somewhere within the iris there will be a dot of white or a lighter shade of color than the iris. It is easy to overlook; however, that single tiny spot of lighter color is what makes the eyes come alive in a painting. Isn’t that amazing? Out of all the colors and paint strokes, this one seemingly insignificant drop of paint can make a world of difference. Without it the eyes look lifeless like 2 pieces of coal one would use to make a snowman. I know when I am watching a movie and there are scenes that show people in the background I am aware of them but I may not necessarily focus on them because of the main actors. However having those people in the scene makes it genuine. Imagine an outdoor scene say at a park or even a store and there are no people except for the main actors; it would look odd as if the actors were living in a place where they are the only inhabitants or survivors. A friend of mine was an extra in a movie where he had to sit on a park bench reading a newspaper while the 2 actors strolled by hand in hand. You probably would not recall seeing him but his presence added validity to the scene, giving the park a realness and vitality. Call me quirky but I enjoy scanning everything that is incorporated into a scene, so I cannot tell you how excited I was to finally hear some of the behind the scenes stories to the original Star Wars movie from 1977 in this documentary.   Whether it was by happenstance, planned or luck; none of these extras realized at first how this movie would change their lives. The idea of finding the extras who worked on this picture to interview was brilliant in my opinion. Part of the individuals that participated was David Prowse (A Clockwork Orange, Up Pompeii) who played Darth Vader, Jeremy Bulloch (Octopussy, Doctor Who-TV) who portrayed Boba Fett and Paul Blake (Some of My Best Friends, The Second Victory) who played Greedo. I loved hearing their stories about getting the job, their experiences, their blunders and their life afterwards. However I felt the director spent way too much time on their personal lives instead of sharing more memories about the filming of Star Wars. As the movie progressed I essentially learned some individuals were arrogant, depressed or greedy; this was something I really did not want to associate with such a major film. In spite of this, I did enjoy the way the director made the extras stand out in the original scenes; I felt I was playing a game of “Where’s Waldo.” All in all this was a light film history lesson that added on a few tidbits of information to my fond memories of such a monumental movie. Fangirls and Fanboys will give this film a higher rating.

 

2 stars

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 12, 2016, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Great show. I watched it on a plane trip last year. Very interesting and very entertaining. I liked the martial arts dude the best. He made me giggle.

  2. We are massive fans of Star Wars in this house so I’m sure we will check this out at some stage. I can’t help thinking the more interesting angle would have been to interview the people who were extras or background characters, the people who were way, way behind the scenes, and see what it was like to be a very small cog in something that turned out to be a juggernaut. Vader, Boba Fett, and Greedo are all well-beloved characters, fan favourites indeed, so maybe interviewing the guy who looked a bit like a bat in the cantina or the bloke who played a Tusken Raider or the guy who served lunch each day would have offered more of an interesting perspective. Or maybe that’s too obscure and I’m just too nerdy.

    • I agree with you; I too wished they had interviewed more extras. BTW you can see this via VOD now. Thanks for the comments and you are no way nerdy; I was transported back to when I first saw the original Star Wars and was getting my geek on.

  3. A very unique idea for a film. Extras are very important to a film and often appear multiple times in different scenes throughout a film. What an interesting idea to hear there perspectives on what they saw and felt during the making of a motion picture. A fascinating new take on cinema.

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