Thursday, 4 September 2014
CLASSIC ART: BROKEN HOPES!
With Chewie also breaking the glass of a nearby window, and watched by a powerless Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia shoots out at the departing Slave One but is unable to hinder its flight or damage it, in this intriguing conceptual art on Bespin by Ralph McQuarrie. Note that, in this early stage of the film's story development, Threepio, seen peaking out from an alcove (elevator entrance?) of some kind, isn't shot to pieces by Stormtroopers.
Its nice to see some eventual mild referencing to this painted scene in the 1997 Special Edition of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, as one of the Bespin interior corridors leading to the outside docking platform is opened up to include a nice shot showing Slave One in the distance. An example of a new visual effects addition to the film that works well.