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Irvin Kershner, Rest in Peace

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:44 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

You might not know his name, but you know his work:

You can almost hear Vader saying, “Luke, I am your father.”  Irvin Kershner was the director of that work of genius, The Empire Strikes Back.  And he has passed on.

And you might enjoy this article on ten things you might not have known about this movie.  Like the original name for Yoda was… um… Buffy.

Which goes to show you that Jar-Jar was not the worst idea Lucas ever had.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

10 Responses to “Irvin Kershner, Rest in Peace”

  1. Your link to the “10 things…” article is broken.

    Did you mean this one:

    Xmas (f72f61)

  2. Leslie Nielsen’s passing should also be noted.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (a18ddc)

  3. Gack. That’s what I get for posting too soon without reading the Nielsen post. Sorry.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (a18ddc)

  4. People keep dumping on JarJar, but he was the best actor in that whole movie. The human acting was awful.

    gp (72be5d)

  5. Kirshner directed the best episode of SW.

    SGT Ted (5d10ae)

  6. “The Empire Strikes Back” is the best film in the series — period. God speed, Mr. Kershner.

    Icy Texan (140493)

  7. Minor pet peeve, but speaking as someone named Luke who hears a version of that line from everyone, repeatedly…it isn’t “Luke, I am your father.”

    It’s “No…I am your father.”

    In tribute to Kershner, Lucas should rerelease a good copy of the non-digitally-screwed-with version of the movie.

    LYT (64efba)

  8. I feel blessed to have actually watched and gotten into the original versions of all three of the original series. I’m actually probably young enough to where I would have only seen the Lucas-[explicative]ed versions and gotten into the prequels instead. Luckily, my parents were fans of good cinema and bought the older VHS’s.
    And yes, Empire is without a doubt the best.

    [I think this got caught in the filter for the f-word, so i censored it out. –Aaron]

    Name: Mark (3d6445)

  9. You can listen to audio outtakes from the late Irvin Kershner’s interview in the documentary “The Nature of Existence” only on Mr Media Radio:

    Bob Andelman (cb84c0)

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