Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Peter Cushing.
“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire” (Lucas, 1977). Imperial forces, commanded by Darth Vader, capture on the rebel ships with Princess Leia on the board.
She has time to hide the plans of the Empire in a little droid (R2-D2) and send it to the planet Tatooine in order to find and ask for help Obi-Wan Kenobi. Jawa traders quickly capture R2-D2 and his fellow C-3PO on Tatooine and sell them to one family. A young man, Luke Skywalker, tries to clean the droid and finds out a hidden message where Leia asks Kenobi for help. When Luke finds Obi-Wan, he decides to join Kenobi and save a girl. Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo and hires him to find Leia. They cannot even imagine what adventures are waiting for them.
The great majority of visual effects are created by means of motion control photography. Such a technique helps to produce the illusion of size with the help of slowly moving cameras. As it was independent filmmaking, the director of the movie had to create lots of elements on his own. For this film, a new library of sounds was created. It was an “organic soundtrack.” For example, steel cables under tension were used to create a sound of blasters. With the help of synthesizers, the voices of robots and droids were created.
In general, the movie was a real breakthrough in cinematography. George Lucas created something special, unusual for those times. Its constant radio and comic book adaptations are one of the best arguments that this movie is a real masterpiece.
Kurtz, G. (Producer), & Lucas, G. (Director). (1977). Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope. United States: 20th Century Fox & Lucasfilm.