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Irvin Kershner has passed away — Page 2

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"The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing," says Lucas

"Following Star Wars, I knew one thing for sure: I didn't want to direct the second movie myself. I needed someone I could trust, someone I really admired and whose work had maturity and humor. That was Kersh all over."

Read the rest here:

http://www.starwars.com/themovies/episode_v/irvin_kershner_remembered/index.html

 

I wish I had a Kryptonite cross, because then you could keep both Dracula AND Superman away.
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SilverWook said:

Damn, and I was already saddened over Leslie Nielsen's passing. :(

That's how I feel too.  Both will be missed.

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ESB is not only my favorite SW movies, but one of my all time favorite movies as well!  I can only dream how cool the rest of the series would have been if he directed them all...

RIP, Kersh, thanks for the memories!  Philly is proud of you and will miss you! :(

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RIP Irvin Kershner. You will be missed by star wars fans of all ages. You did a amazing job on empire thank you.

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Who'd of thought that the year of Empire's 30th Anniversary would see the saddest news of all.

RIP Irvin Kershner.

Thank you for giving us the best Star Wars movie.

Thank You for giving us the best line ever:

Leia "I love You"

Han "I know."

Thank you for scaring me as a child with the brain removal scene in RoboCop 2.

You have now become more powerful than we could possibly imagine, for you have become one with the force.

A sad day indeed, but we will celebrate your life with the movies you gave us.

RIP

Your brain just makes s**t up!

A fate worse than death? Having your head digitally replaced with that of Hayden Christensen!

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R.I.P. Irvin Kershner, thank you so much for The Empire Strikes Back. :'(

 

Tallguy said:

I got about ten minutes into the commentary for Star Wars before Lucas said something ridiculously untrue and I stopped.  It never occurred to me to listen to the other commentary tracks.  Now I'll have to.  For Kersh.

 

Out of curiosity, what was it that Lucas said?

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The Golden Idol said:

R.I.P. Irvin Kershner, thank you so much for The Empire Strikes Back. :'(

 

Tallguy said:

I got about ten minutes into the commentary for Star Wars before Lucas said something ridiculously untrue and I stopped.  It never occurred to me to listen to the other commentary tracks.  Now I'll have to.  For Kersh.

 

Out of curiosity, what was it that Lucas said?

I'm more curious how Lucas made it 10 minutes without lying.

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Ripplin said:

^Isn't something "ridiculously untrue" a lie? ;)

Tallguy said:

I got about ten minutes into the commentary for Star Wars before Lucas said something ridiculously untrue

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I was saddened to hear of his passing today. He was a wonderful artist.

He directed my favorite movie, and I will always have immense respect for him.

I hope his version of ESB will be given proper treatment again, someday.

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Always liked this one:

“I hate slick films, because to me slick means polished with all the bumps and seams taken out. I think Empire is not slick because it’s bumpy in places, and a little ragged, and terribly real… Those things lend a sense of something that has been handmade, not machine made. Empire is not a machine-made film. It’s a handmade film and it has all the imperfections of anything that’s handmade.”

Kershner, '80

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man u guys want to hear sumthing werid? i was watching empire when i read that he had died! :.[

=ANTI+HERO=

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I was reading the Leslie Nielsen article on MSN when I found out about Mr. Kershner.

Truly a sad day, yet I am relieved that he is no longer suffering.

Like many have said, thank you for the best Star Wars movie and I sincerely hope that the version you are responsible for gets the Blu-Ray treatment.

It would sure be nice if someone has a 1980 print to book at a theater in his honor. 

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As some of you know, I'm a big fan of the original making of ESB book, Once Upon A Galaxy. One of the best parts of the book is a transcript of the day Kershner wore a wireless microphone while preparing to shoot Han getting frozen. It's an amazing snapshot of what it was like making a tense sequence, and what a good director does to make it happen. Not to mention the moment when Harrison Ford dreams up the best line Lucas never wrote. ;)

I'm pretty sure this photo was shot that same day.

Never Say Never Again aired as part of the 007 marathon on SciFi over the Thanksgiving holiday. I was a little surprised to see it as it's one of the "rogue" films like the original Casino Royale.

I hope TCM will pay him tribute, and perhaps devote a day to showing some of his pre Empire films. I've never seen Eyes of Laura Mars all the way through.

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Do we know, well, anything about Robocop 2? It's always just been this weird curiosity and a semi-interesting mess, but I've never heard anything specific about Kershner and the making of it, (beyond the fact that Frank Miller's script was tossed, but that's not particularly special.)

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Thanks you for your splendid contribution to my childhood, Irvin. You made Star wars into more than just a space opera about a farm boy, you made it into a classic. You made the imagination race and the heart leap. You were an inspiration, and you will be sorely missed. :(


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It's too bad he died before ESB Revisited is finished.

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The Golden Idol said:

R.I.P. Irvin Kershner, thank you so much for The Empire Strikes Back. :'(

 

Tallguy said:

I got about ten minutes into the commentary for Star Wars before Lucas said something ridiculously untrue and I stopped.  It never occurred to me to listen to the other commentary tracks.  Now I'll have to.  For Kersh.

 

Out of curiosity, what was it that Lucas said?

Heh.  I don't recall, but I'm sure it was something along the lines of "I'd always planned..."

OTOH Lucas' letter on StarWars.com was pretty classy.

– Bill

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