The Late Movies: Retro Star Wars


Star Wars holds up pretty well no matter what era you put it in. Oh yeah, I know "A long time ago..." but that's just the story. What if we were to set the movies into another period of Hollywood history?

The Empire Strikes Back (Silently)

This video by Venezuelan filmmaker nehomar2005 has been making a stir on the internet this week, possibly because it depicts The Empire Strikes Back, which is widely considered to be the best of the six Star Wars films. However, there are a lot of retro versions of the Star Wars stories we can enjoy, including more from the silent film era.

Silent Star Wars

This one from neonstudtz was made about four years ago, featuring scenes from all three movies of the original trilogy, in little over a minute. And there are many more to come.

Droid Soup

YouTube user bombblastmen made two episodes of a silent Star Wars film. The second part is:

Steamboat Jedi

The Sword of Light

By Davis Li-Jen Lin. It's a martial arts vampire spaghetti western fan film done on a tight budget. This is the story of how the first light saber came about, 6,000 years before the battle of Naboo. That is definitely "a long time ago"! There's also a sequel.

The Story of Luke and Leia

From YouTube user lizzylizzy1. She also did silent films on the relationship between Obi-wan and Anakin and Anakin and Padmé.

A New Hope

Also by lizzylizzy1.

Hitler's Imperial March

If there's anything scarier than the evil Empire, it's history. Here, the ominous Imperial March perfectly accompanies footage of Nazi Germany.

Space Knights

On a lighter note, this movie recalls the adventure serials of the 1930s.

Imperial Propaganda Reel

A recruitment tool for the Empire.

The Empire Strikes Back 1950

Produced as if it were a 1950s 3D film. From master editor Ivan Guerrero.