Star Wars Episode iii – An Overview

Star Wars Episode iii: Revenge of the Sith brought a new revelation in the chronological history of the space saga, Star Wars. Directed by George Lucas, this last episode of the film followed the Clone Wars, another new episode that revealed to the public how Anakin Skywalker the future Darth Vader grew up. Star Wars Episode iii was released in May 2005 and enjoyed great reviews from critics, breaking the box office during the first week after the launch. In the history of the cinema the making of this film added a new page exquisitely written.

The reason for which there was room for chronological additions is that George Lucas only outlined the basic plot in the 70s at the time of the project conception. Back then, details were not given that much attention, and the important facts were the ones to count in the development of the series. Episode iii Star Wars required several scene changes before it was released, as the director altered scenes, scripts and editing. Nevertheless, the result proved worth waiting for, since Episode iii Star Wars speaks about more than just the founding of the galactic empire, the public is confronted with the corruption and pervasion of evil.

Once the screenplay for Episode iii Star Wars got ready, Lucas focused on the design. The art department would work on hundreds of patterns that were supposed to appear on screen. During the film making, they even turned to pre-visualization techniques to see how the scenes and the characters would look like. Steven Spielberg also assisted the making of the Revenge of the Sith, witnessing all the work that Lucas and his team devoted themselves to for the analysis of every sequence. Stunts were extensively used, particularly for the fighting scenes; thus, the famous duel moment between Anakin and Obi-Wan was filmed at the speed at which it actually took place, with very little cuts used to increase velocity.

Episode iii Star Wars was filmed almost exclusively on the stages of the Fox Studios in Sidney, Australia, although various backgrounds were later shot in other parts of the world so as to create the much necessary practical environments. Thus, a team filmed the eruption of Mount Etna in Italy, and the material was used in the end of the film to create the background of the Mustafar planet. Star Wars Episode iii: Revenge of the Sith also had a theatrical counterpart that was released almost in the same time with the movie. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2005, without entering the competition, while the play came out four days later.

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