Happy Birthday To You!
On May 25th, 1977 little seven year old E. E. Nalley's world changed. He sat in the seat of a darkened theater, Georgia's Own Storey Cinemas Shannon 8, and for the very first time he felt the rumble of Dolby Stereo 4 Channel Analog as the Tantive IV ran from the Star Destroyer Devastator which passed over head and just kept coming and coming and coming.
Forty years ago, a modestly budgeted film, made by a relatively unknown director working on his second major motion picture named George Lucas exploded into the collective conscience of humanity. We were brought to a galaxy far, far away to witness The Hero With A Thousand Faces in what many believe is his most sincere telling take up his fathers sword, be guided by a wise mystic, fall in with scoundrels and foment rebellion against tyranny.
And while it is easy to dismiss this humble film as a retelling of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress crossed with Micheal Anderson's The Dam Busters, to do so really misses the point. The Seventies were a vast wasteland of disaster movies, the glamorization of gangs and the Mafia and the bad guy winning, in which Star Wars did something amazing.
Star Wars made heroes cool again.
Tonight we pay tribute to George and all the other creative heroes who helped bring Star Wars to the silver screen forty years ago yesterday with E. E. Nalley's Killing Time: A Tale Of The Star Wars. Enjoy with a slice of birthday cake and don't forget to leave a comment!
E. E. forgot to mention that you can find his story "Killing Time" In the Library collection of stories, in (appropriately) the Star Wars category. Which, not surprisingly, is there for E. E.'s Star Wars stories... one might almost get the impression that he's a fan or something. :)