Not So Long Ago, in a Library Catalogue Only a Few Keyboard Types Away……
Other interesting Star Wars items you’ll find in our libraries
Elstree 1976 – Basically this is an interview with mostly the extras and actors who had a few lines (although some of them iconic, such as “These are not the droids we’re looking for”), who turned up for a movie they thought might get shown on TV. A lot were wearing helmets or other costumes so their faces were never seen. Although one guy realised this would happen so disobeys a direction and puts his visor up during the medal ceremony scene. The Stormtrooper who bumped his head, and just assumed he was out of shot since cut wasn’t yelled and other key moments from extras/actors are in this film. David Prowse (Darth Vader) is probably the only main character in this documentary, but it also has Bobba Fett from the sequels, played by a guy who was asked to audition who hadn’t seen the first one.
You can probably skip the first 24 minutes as it’s pretty boring, at that stage other than seeing an action figure when the extra/actor’s voice talks in their first frame, you quickly forget who they were in the movie and are just seeing people you have no idea who they are (or care) talking about how they got into acting, where they went to school and so forth. It’s only after 24 minutes that the documentary actually gets around to them auditioning (which in a lot of cases simply meant rocking up, after walking down a corridor after seeing a casting arrow as they walked past a door in Soho, London and followed it out of curiosity), for Star Wars.
The documentary does get more interesting after that, you don’t learn a great deal but you see how the pilots destroying the Death star was filmed, ie they said every one of their lines in a row, all sitting in the same prop. The Comic Con type events was probably the most interesting. We see a jealous side to some of them who because they had their face shown in the movie, don’t understand why more people want to get autographs from the actors who were R2d2, Boba Fett and Greedo who had what they call tin cans on their heads. A Canadian actor who needed to read his lines, doesn’t like the fact that fans turn up to see extras at these events, and can’t believe the nerve of a guy to turn up who claimed to be a pilot who was one of the extras in the classroom type scene. If they don’t have lines or aren’t listed in the credits they shouldn’t be there. We also hear from that guy who was the extra.
The documentary is okay but is rather boring at times. It didn’t have as much information as I had hoped and doesn’t really follow up by prompting for more on things said. Such as the guy who played Darth Vader makes a remark about being banned from Disney World and some other place for Star Wars events and just says something like he must have done something to anger George. What? That is the question that isn’t asked.
Adult Fiction Novels – You can of course find the fiction novel of The Force Awakens as well as heaps of other novels set in the Star Wars universe whose storylines are separate from the films such as Star Wars, Death Troopers.
Soundtracks – You can find The Force Awakens as a physical CD soundtrack in our libraries but to find the older movies ones, you’ll have to log into Freegal. If you are unaware Freegal is a site where you can log in with your library card each week and download (to keep) three songs from a limited range of albums, mostly associated with Sony Music. There you will find the original movie soundtracks (as well as the remake ones). If it is the original at the Vader barbecue Ewok Celebration and Finale (a.k.a unofficially Yub Nub), song that led into the end credits in Return of the Jedi, you’ll want to click on the more basic looking album cover with the light saber.
“Ahhhh la luuuu ah ha ha ha ye ha ha ha ha
Yub nub, yub nub!
Yub nub, eee chop yub nub;
Ah toe meet toe pee chee keene;
G’noop dock fling oh ah.
Yah wah, eee chop yah wah;
Ah toe meet toe peechee keene;
G’noop dock fling oh ah.
Coatee cha tu yub nub;
Coatee cha tu yah wah;
Coatee cha tu glowah;
Allay loo ta nuv”
You know how the rest goes.
Non Fiction Books – There’s plenty of non fiction titles to cover a wide range of Star Wars based interests, from analyses of the various vehicles used in the movies, Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, to taking a closer look at the costumes worn with Star Wars Costumes The Original Trilogy, to Star Wars the Ultimate Action Figure Collection. You can even make repairs or work out how to use the radio for your drug and people smuggler ship with Millennium Falcon : Modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter Owner’s Workshop Manual.
Picture Books – You can even find Picture Books such as When R2-D2 Saved the Secret Plans, When Princess Leia Met the Ewoks. There’s also Where’s Wally style find character type picture books such as These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For.
Junior Fiction – There’s plenty of Star Wars books by various authors using the Star Wars characters such as Droids in Distress.
Beginner Readers – You’ll also find some titles in our beginner readers section a lot of them are in the DK Readers books such as Chewbacca and the Wookiee Warriors.
CD Roms – You can even find games such as Lego Star Wars the Original Trilogy.
Graphic Novels – You’ll find plenty of comic book adventures in all three graphic novel sections of the libraries – junior, youth (teen) and adult.