It was the year of punk, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee, the year of Voyager 1 and the space shuttle. But for students of film history, 1977 is ground zero for modern multiplex cinema, as an unheralded space adventure set in a galaxy far, far away laid the groundwork for a new kind of effects-led, heavily marketed, audience-friendly blockbuster filmmaking. After this, science fiction cinema – and indeed the entire film industry – would never be the same again.
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