DVD Review: ELSTREE 1976 Offers An Intriguing Look At The Making Of Star Wars - Movies In Focus
Elstree 1976 isn’t a film about the making of Star Wars. John Spira’s documentary plays like a High School reunion film. It’s a look at the past and a catch-up with some of the supporting actors and extras who played a part in George Lucas’ seminal science fiction film. Don’t expect to see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher or Mark Hamill here, but do expect to see some of the actors who helped bring some of the series’ iconic characters to life. David Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Paul Blake (Greedo), Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter) are some of those who share their stories about how they came to be associated with one of the most beloved films ever made. There’s an inherent sadness which runs through Elstree 1976. We learn about the interviewees’ success and failures and how life has affected them over the last 40 years. While some look back on it as some fun they had in their youth, others still cling-on to it, working hard on the convention circuit selling autographs. These people have lived their lives and while they don’t have fascinating stories to tell, it’s an interesting look at the ‘acting’ profession. It’s quite [...]