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Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed (2007)

Filmmakers, critics and even politicians discuss the social impact of the "Star Wars" films and the franchise's reliance in mythology and history.


Kevin Burns
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Ellerbee ... Self - Journalist
Newt Gingrich ... Self - Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives 1995-1999
Joan B. Connelly Joan B. Connelly ... Self - Associate Prof. of Fine Arts, NYU (as Dr. Joan Breton Connelly)
Peter Jackson ... Self - Filmmaker
Camille Paglia Camille Paglia ... Self - Prof. of Humanities and Media Studies, Univ. of the Arts (as Dr. Camille Paglia)
Mary Henderson Mary Henderson ... Self - Author, 'Star Wars: The Magic of the Myth'
Jonathan Young ... Self - Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives (as Dr. Jonathan Young)
John C. Lyden John C. Lyden ... Self - Prof. of Religion, Dana College (as Dr. John C. Lyden)
Steven Galipeau Steven Galipeau ... Self - Author, 'The Journey of Luke Skywalker'
J.J. Abrams ... Self - Filmmaker
Joss Whedon ... Self - Filmmaker
Carl A. Rubino Carl A. Rubino ... Self - Prof. of Classics, Hamilton College (as Dr. Carl A. Rubino)
Elvis Mitchell ... Self - Film Critic
Kevin Smith ... Self - Filmmaker
Kevin Wetmore Jr. ... Self - Author. 'The Empire Triumphant' (as Dr. Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.)


Filmmakers, critics and even politicians discuss the social impact of the "Star Wars" films and the franchise's reliance in mythology and history.

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Did You Know?


Stephen Colbert: Star Wars came out and we went to school the next day unable to explain to our friends how everything was different now.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Composed by John Williams
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Truly Fantastic!
17 August 2010 | by vweismanSee all my reviews

I DVR'd this documentary for my son who is Star Wars crazy, but watched it to make sure the content was appropriate. Well! I could not stop watching it and then I made my husband sit down and watch it as well. I am a fan of the Star Wars movies and pretty informed. They were an integral part of my childhood. I must admit that I was less enamored of the first episodes than I was of IV-VI. HOWEVER, this documentary explained the genesis (I use that word deliberately)of those stories in such a way that I need to see them again to view them through this new filter.

Ken Burns is such an amazing film maker and this is no exception. I was FASCINATED by the historical, cultural and religious connections he drew between the Star Wars characters and stories. It reinforces why the series has such a profound effect on our culture even to this day. I remember standing in line for hours to see Episode IV in Westwood, CA. Now I am watching it again with my children and seeing it through their eyes as I first saw it, but also as an adult with a much more informed eye thanks to this documentary.

I would really like to purchase the documentary, but can't seem to find it. Is it available for purchase?

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28 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Star Wars: O Legado Revelado See more »

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