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Saturday, 26 November 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: STREET PATROL!


A patrol of six Imperial Stormtroopers on the streets of Mos Eisley spaceport are soon quickly surprised by the sight of the unauthorised Millennium Falcon blasting out of Docking Bay 94, in a sequence filmed on location in the small Tunisian town of Adjim (Ajim), Djerba, for the original STAR WARS, circa 2nd April, 1976.

Shot of the troopers as they turn to see the Falcon (ILM added in post) blast away.

Behind the scenes, the film's original Script Supervisor Ann Skinner took a so far not seen by the public continuity colour Polaroid of this filming- a wide shot similar to the above top image, with a costume technician attending to one of the near middle left troopers. The Stormtroopers were played by Tunisian locals, whom the late Stunt Coordinator Peter Diamond recalled were difficult to liaise with, as they didn't speak a word of English.

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI.

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