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Sunday, 31 July 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: OUT OF HIDING!


Our heroes spend the day having fun in and out of the Millennium Falcon smuggling deck plates at Elstree during Summer 1976, in which hair stylist Patricia McDermott is assisting Sir Alec Guinness between takes. Note the floor sweeper at work for continuity, a helmetless Stormtrooper almost out of shot, and Luke with his lightsaber attached to his belt (not seen on his person during the Death Star interior scenes).

So far unseen, several Polaroid images from the filming also exist, taken by UK Script Supervisor Ann Skinner: two fuzzy colour shots showing a rare angle inside the Falcon, looking towards the unfinished far wall of the hold, another colour image of Han (with pistol in hand), Luke and Ben emerging from the smuggling plates, followed by a further similar colour shot to the above image, with Alec Guinness being tended to by a blue-attired  McDermott.

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI.

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