The year was 1977. We were married the previous year and teaching in Buchans, Newfoundland. On a weekend trip to Corner Brook to visit Rick's parents, we saw the movie Star Wars at the Majestic Theatre with Rick's Uncle Carl and have never forgotten it.
The cantina scene in that movie is my favourite scene of all time. It was memorable because of the many species of aliens sat around in the bar and the bartender telling C3PO that droids were not welcome. Then the bar fight, a light saber, the master and his young protégé were all reminiscent of a wild west saloon with weapons of the future and an incredible cast of characters.
Looking back almost forty years later, I appreciate the cantina for the small amount of computer generated imaging, and the imagination and work of the creature designers and wardrobe department. They created an intriguing world that I would love to visit.
At the same time, my husband's Aunt Marie and her son, Jeff vacationed at Disney World in Florida with Marie's brother, Fred. They visited the usual tourist attractions and also saw Star Wars. One of the many items for sale at the gift shops was a Darth Vader mask.
Jeff was eleven and wanted that mask with the desire that only an eleven year old boy would understand. However the mask was $40.00, a lot of money for 1977 and Marie had to say, "No."
That was when a doting Uncle stepped in and bought the mask for Jeff, a mask that still has a place in Marie's home. It honours the first Star Wars in the series and the new movie.
Rick and I will see that movie this week. I cannot imagine any scene will equal the original cantina scene from that first movie but maybe...