Tuesday, June 10, 2014

30 Days of Star Wars: Day 10

All Time Favorite Scene From Any Star Wars Movie

The carbon freezing scene from The Empire Strikes Back is my all time favorite Star Wars scene. Vader is trying to bait Luke, so he tortures his friends so that Luke will sense their pain through the force and come to their aide.  Han and Leia, whose romance has been budding throughout this movie, are facing the possibility of being parted forever since carbon freezing can kill you.

Everything about this scene is incredible.  The story, acting, set, lighting, music...everything.  You can feel the emotion pouring out of not only Han and Leia, but also from Chewbacca, who is in agony over the loss of his best friend.  His cries sell the scene even more.  And Han Solo's response to Leia's declaration of her love for him is PERFECT....."I know".

Here's a little piece of Star Wars background:  Harrison Ford was supposed to answer Carrie Fisher by saying, "I love you, too".  The day they filmed it, the words just weren't working.  Finally, Irvin Kershner, the director, says to Harrison Ford, "Just say the first thing that comes to your mind", and then yells, "Action!"  Carrie says the line, and Harrison responds with, "I know".  History is made, and completely by accident!

I especially love when they cut to Vader right after Han is frozen.  His face appears from behind the steam/fog, evil everywhere!!

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