That was quick! If only they would show it more often? Maybe on a wider scale too!
Just caught wind of this screening to be held on May 31st. Here are the details:
George Lucas’s homage to the pulpy tradition of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon changed the face of cinema and revolutionized visual effects. Combining classic techniques such as matte paintings and miniatures with the then-new technology of motion control photography, Star Wars imagined worlds, machines, and creatures that remain cinematic touchstones. A Best Picture nominee, the record-breaking hit won six Oscars including Visual Effects, as well as received a Special Achievement Award for Ben Burtt’s imaginative sound creations.
DIRECTOR: George Lucas. WRITTEN BY: George Lucas. CAST: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness. 1977. 119 min. USA. Color. Scope. English. 70mm. Print courtesy of Academy Film Archive. Special thanks to Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution and Lucasfilm.
Very surprising to see LFL allow a print screening. Is there anyone in the area that will try to attend?
This also happened a couple of years ago alongside a showing of Rogue One. They were given permission directly from George that time. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got his blessing to show it in limited releases. It seems to be the same print.
No permission is needed from George to be able to show it.
They were likely just asking for George’s blessing, given the nature and context of the Galactic Innovations event, it would have been very petty of George to deny any such blessing, given the sheer talent discussing and showcasing their work and contributions in making the film:
I too think the asking was more of a formality as I don’t see how there would be any legality binding it to George’s say so since he pretty much signed over everything.
A formality, yes, but I think it’s one they intend to carry forward for the foreseeable future. Lucasfilm doesn’t want to alienate their namesake, and Disney wants to stay on good enough terms with George that he’s willing to, say, come out and give his blessing at the opening of their new theme park land.
From this thread on the 2019 showing:
There have also been previous showings of the unaltered theatrical films, some private, some public. I think the private showing in 2016 was reported to also be in very good condition:
I hope people from here are going to 2022 showing in the opening post, and will report back on their experiences.