Watch: Iconic Empire Strikes Back Scenes Without John Williams's Score

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 11:08AM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 11:08AM
Watch: Iconic Empire Strikes Back Scenes Without John Williams's Score
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John Wiliams's score for the original Star Wars trilogy is a classic in its own right, and is often partially credited for the series's success. It's difficult to imagine classic scenes from The Empire Strikes Back, such as Han being frozen in carbonite, without the rousing score in the background. But now, we don't have to imagine anymore, as this clip from Vashi Visuals, shows us several iconic scenes with a temporary score:

Star Wars - The Music Makes the Moment from Vashi Nedomansky on Vimeo.



In this video, Williams watches the final cut of The Empire Strikes Back for the first time (which is interesting enough on its own, especially his reaction to Han Solo's arrogant "I know") in order to start writing the score. There are several unfinished scenes shown, including Darth Vader dialogue that is still in David Prowser's voice rather than James Earl Jones's, and then a more detailed breakdown of Han and Leia's "I love you" scene. It's completely jarring to watch, and makes you realize (if you hadn't already) just how essential Williams's score is to the film. It's still a powerful scene, especially poor Chewie's laments, but it's not quite the same movie without that classic score.

The clip comes from the BBC documentary Star Wars: Music by John Williams, which celebrates Williams's illustrious career and contains insights into his scores for other classics like Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jane Eyre, and Superman. Here is the documentary in full:

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