Director Irwin Kershner Dies at 87

by Ryan on November 29, 2010

in Culture,Pop Culture

The man who directed my favorite Star Wars movie, Irwin Kershner, died today at the age of 87.  Kershner was also known for directing Never Say Never Again, the last Connery-Bond film, the “Amazing Stories” TV series, along with many others.

But, it is 1980s’ The Empire Strikes Back that makes Kershner something special.  Star Wars hit the film world upside the head in 1977.  In the sequel, George Lucas needed to expand the Star Wars universe while making it more intimate at the same time.  The result was what I consider to be the most complete Star Wars film of them all, and one of those rare occasions (be it close) when the sequel topped the original.  That’s up for debate, of course, but what can’t be denied is that Empire is Empire because of Kershner.  Though his moment in the fan-boy sun was 30 years ago, his work still makes me glad I was a little kid when I first experienced it.

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Name: Mark November 30, 2010 at 2:18 am

This has nothing to do with this story, but the obscure reference to a tv episode reminded me of this:

There was a short film i used to see all the time in the morning that involved a mass of what i think was videotape ribbon chasing after a guy. it started in his apartment and eventually chased him outside. i never saw the end and i never found out what it was called.

Anyone know what i’m talking about?

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