Sunday, February 3, 2008

Elvis, Star Wars style

Sometimes you can find some interesting connections surfing the Internet. Learning that the director behind the CBS TV Special Elvis In Concert, Dwight Hemion, had died, I decided I wanted to know more about him.

By visiting The Internet Movie Database, IMDb, I quickly had access to his filmography. Scrolling down the long list of productions, a TV Special made a year after Elvis In Concert caught my eye - The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Turns out the director of this one (Hemion is credited as executive producer) was Steve Binder, no less. Makes you wonder if they ever got together and talked about their times with Elvis, their experiences in that area must have differed quite a bit!

Would you believe there is another connection here, as well? Just as Elvis In Concert has never been released officially on video or DVD, neither has The Star Wars Holiday Special. George Lucas once remarked at an Australian convention that "if I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every bootlegged copy of that program and smash it." (Maybe EPE is thinking the same thing, eh?)

By the way, did Elvis, who was a great fan of the movies, ever see Star Wars, released in May 1977? The answer seems to be no. According to IMDb he tried to get a print of the movie to show his daughter, Lisa Marie, the day before he died.

So there you have it, through my search for information about director Dwight Hemion I ended up in another corner, altogether. After finding this Elvis Trooper as well as these pictures of Elvis in Star Wars I decided to call it a day.


Ty @ The Film Frontier said...

"There are some legitimate connections between Elvis Presley and Star Wars. As a member of both fanbases, I've observed a lot of this stuff first-hand over the years. Thomas over at the Elvis Today blog compiles some of them in his article 'Elvis, Star Wars style.'"

Ty @ The Film Frontier said...

"Could Elvis Presley have been a Jedi? We may never know, but he sure raced one like one. A few weeks back, I told you about a fun article over at the Elvis Today blog listing connections between Star Wars and Elvis Presley. That article reminded me of something I noticed about a year ago.

When I first saw 'Star Wars: Episode I' back in 1999, I remember thinking that the podracing sequence on Tatooine seemed a little familiar.

It didn't hit me until I was watching 'Viva Las Vegas' one day last year. Though some of these connections are admittedly a stretch, several of the similarities between the two races are quite striking."

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