Star Wars, later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, is a 1977 American space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first installment in the massive Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. The plot focuses on farmhand Luke Skywalker, who becomes part of a mission to bring an important message to aid the heroic Rebel Alliance in their war against the genocidal Galactic Empire.

In 1989, the film was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Star Wars in "Hindsight"[]

Michelle Gordian brought a video cassette of Star Wars, with all the necessary playing equipment, back in time to 1953. After science fiction writer Pete Lundquist deduced her anachronistic nature and asked to see some futuristic gadgets, she showed him the movie.

Lundquist was stunned by the sight of a color television, which was still only a hypothetical technology in his time. The movie itself was great fun, despite its thin plot. The headlong action of the space opera felt like several months of serial installments spliced together, and the trick photography was unlike anything he'd ever seen. However, the greatest impression on him was made by the sight of a much-older Alec Guinness, who was already famous in 1953. The actor's age as Obi-Wan Kenobi made Lundquist wonder what two decades would do to him.[1]

Star Wars in State of Jefferson[]

Governor of Jefferson Bill Williamson was familiar with Star Wars.

In 1980, Williamson watched a performance of The Tempest at Jefferson State Ashland. He was pleasantly surprised to see that Caliban looked like a Mos Eisley Cantina alien rather than a sasquatch.[2]

In 1981, Williamson met with a visitor named Asianto Supandy. He briefly thought this was the name of a Star Wars alien, but then remembered that it was a man from Indonesia.[3]

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