J.W. Rinzler, author of the upcoming ''The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,'' shares exclusive insider shots from the 1983 saga closer
Where were you when the Emperor died? It was 30 years ago this month that Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi hit theaters and the years add emotion to this batch of exclusive never-before-published photos from J.W. Rinzler's upcoming The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
The movie (which opened wide the week after Michael Jackson unleashed a new dance move called the Moonwalk) arrived with an unstated promise of cosmic closure: ''For the Skywalker saga,'' the Force told us, ''the circle will be complete.'' Well, yes and no: a circle doesn't really have a start or end, and the Jedi universe (like Swan Lake, the Beatles, or Pride & Prejudice) never leaves.
The Rinzler book hits shelves in October but the Ewok party has already begun; there's a marathon of Jedi screenings and fan fun-fair scheduled for Saturday (which is May the Fourth) at Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theatre, site of the Jedi world premiere.