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Friday, 14 December 2018

EPISODE VIII: SHIFTING FORCES!


The precarious shifting of the Force via the emergent powers of Rey and Kylo Ren are the focal point for this gorgeous art for The Last Jedi, by Chris Christodoulou, which also makes for a fine celebration of the film's First Anniversary release in the UK.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

EPISODE VII: A DAY IN THE LIFE...


Jakku may be a sand covered ball but there's plenty to uniquely plunder from across the wrecked battlefield of Rebel and Imperial ships littering its wastelands, as young Rey begins another day of salvage for food searching, in this scene from The Force Awakens.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

DELETED SCENE: ESCAPE DESCENT!


Having been cornered by General Grievous and unable to stop his brutal slaying of Jedi Master Shaak Ti, our heroes Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi now escape to another level of the Invisible Hand- an unexpected move during a deleted scene from EPISODE III that eventually made it to 2005 DVD release.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE!


With his Master's recent arrival on the second Death Star, no one, not even a fellow senior Imperial officer, will stand in the way of Lord Darth Vader in seeing the Emperor, during a classic deleted scene moment from Return of the Jedi, and one of the rare scenes shot for it by David Prowse as Vader.


This previously unseen image is part of an incredible compilation of rare materials (photos/documents/conceptual art) to be savoured within Taschen Book's eagerly awaited and supremely lavish all-new 600+ page hardcover The Star Wars Archives: 1977- 1983, available next month, that gloriously focuses on the making of the beloved Classic Trilogy of A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, collated and written by Paul Duncan.

Check out our original preview of the book:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.com/2018/05/coming-soon-star-wars-archives.html

Get the book here:
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/film/all/01170/facts.the_star_wars_archives_19771983.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1bbpk8jW3gIVSrDtCh0z6wi3EAAYASAAEgLewvD_BwE

Monday, 10 December 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: DOOKU'S CHALLENGER!


Proving he's anything but a 'slow learner', Anakin prepares to go on a double lightsaber offensive against the skilled renegade Jedi-turned-Sith Count Dooku, within a secret hangar on Geonosis, for a moment ultimately not seen in the finished duel of EPISODE II.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

CLASSIC INDY: JUST MARRIED!


Our anniversary coverage of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull concludes with the wedding of Indy and Marion, at long last! I love the reaction on Ford/Indy's face here- obviously the onscreen kiss came quicker than expected!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

THE CLONE WARS: SURROUNDED!


Down but not out from his conflicts with former master Count Dooku and the agile warrior Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress must escape to lick his wounds and fight another day. But first there's the additional firepower of varying Trade Federation battle droids to tackle, in a scene from The Clone Wars Season Three episode Witches of the Mist.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

'DESIGNING AN EMPIRE - THE JOHN MOLLO ARCHIVE' - THE UK BONHAMS AUCTION

A blending of Arthurian wizard and Samurai warrior takes shape with John Mollo's memorable costume design for Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - Star Wars 1977.

Despite hard work and best intentions, one of the key traps that a lot of science fiction/fantasy movies and TV series filmmakers would fall into, especially during the sixties and seventies, would be the way that the futuristic clothing worn by their storytelling artists rapidly looked dated and more indicative of the time they were made than they did in reflecting their advanced period status. Not so with the ever enduring Star Wars saga, however, as writer/creator George Lucas immediately saw this inherent problem and was determined it wouldn't happen inside his own cinematic fantasy adventure, cleverly making the costumes of his galaxy far, far away look simple yet subtly sophisticated and inspiring, whilst also devising a clear-cut and relatable visual path for audiences of all ages to identify its near-archetypal heroes and villains transplanted to a new realm.

John Mollo (kneeling) works on an early fitting for Luke Skywalker's costume (with Patrick Ginter) - early 1976. Image: Kurtz/Joiner Archive.

Whilst Ralph McQuarrie was one of the key conceptual artists involved with the look of the characters (from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader) and their costumes, the ultimate journey in bringing those designs to practical, adapted life on screen fell to the expert hands of the original Star Wars (and its first sequel) Costume Designer: John Mollo. Already an established advisory figure on epic historical productions within the British movie industry by the mid-seventies, coming from a prestigious family which had a long interest and passion for military uniform history, Mollo soon proved the perfect man for the epic vision of Lucas, especially when dealing with the bulk costumes needed for the saga's Rebellion and Empire. Rising above the film's relatively low budget, the resourceful talent was also blessed with a keen eye for what worked on screen and what didn't, quickly establishing a trusting relationship (and easy creative shorthand) with the understated American director and the brash young cast whom he'd costume during the long hot Summer of 1976.

Darth Vader and his assembled military forces, as seen in Mollo's work for The Empire Strikes Back in 1979/80.

One of the many meticulous and colourful Mollo costume design page pieces for Star Wars, under the hammer at Bonhams this month. Image: via BONHAMS.

Mollo sadly passed away during the saga's Fortieth Anniversary in 2017, but the treasure trove legacy of his work- the many stunning and meticulously detailed costume design books, sketches and production notes of his incredible career (not just his Oscar-winning Star Wars work, but other hit films like FOX's subsequent sci-fi horror Alien, the prestigious Richard Attenborough production of Gandhi, and Stanley Kubrick's lush Barry Lyndon), as well as as many military history related gems - are to be auctioned off at the prestigious Bonhams of London on December 11th, 2018, for what will surely be a very exciting event.

Good luck to all the bidders!


More on the Bonhams event - Designing an Empire - The John Mollo Archive:

Official event details and special preview times:
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25245/

Official video for the auction:
https://www.bonhams.com/video/27092/

One of Mollo's stunning pre-production sketches for Princess Leia, also on auction at Bonhams.

Online articles:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6451789/Sketchbooks-belonging-Star-Wars-costume-designer-hammer-300-000.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/arts/design/star-wars-john-mollo-sketches-auction.html

AFICIONADO was in attendance at the London press launch. Image: Bonhams via Instagram.

6/12/18 UPDATE: BONHAMS Press Launch:
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/star-wars-costumes-sketchbooks-seen-fetching-large-sums-at-auction/ar-BBQAA2G

Sunday, 2 December 2018

'SOLO': BAPTISM OF FIRE!


The stakes have never been higher for the young Han Solo as his piloting skills of the trusty Millennium Falcon are put to the ultimate test escaping Imperial forces and evading the many dangers natural or not that lay within the Kessel Run and its maelstrom protection, in this great image from Solo: A Star Wars Story.


Rising Hollywood star Alden Ehrenreich capably took over the reins from the legendary Harrison Ford in portraying a young, often impetuous, yet highly likeable Solo. Discover more about how he approached the role of a lifetime within the daring shaping of this hugely popular origin story, charted via the all-new and lavish book Star Wars Icons - Han Solo, written and compiled by Gina McIntyre, out now from Ilex Press. You'll also discover more about the creative aspects/decisions of the latest film that would be crafted by director Ron Howard, and how the screenplay and character origins for Solo were shaped via the return of acclaimed screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan- the man who knows the rogue smuggler-to-be's personality and quirky charisma more than anybody else, bar creator George Lucas and Ford.

Get the book here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Icons-Han-Solo/dp/1781576971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543660948&sr=8-1&keywords=star+wars+icons+han+solo

Saturday, 1 December 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: COSTUMED POLITICS!


In a look very much inspired by Japanese history, Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala prepares for an important senate meeting on Coruscant, in this lovely image showcasing the gorgeous work of the ILM art department and talented costume designer Trisha Biggar for EPISODE I.