Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

dir. Irvin Kershner. My favourite Star Wars film. A masterpiece, but now so familiar that I can’t be objective about it. Watched again tonight, will certainly reappear in this movie diary. This time I loved watching the moment of eye contact between Vader and Leia before Han is frozen in carbonite. It’s just a second, but I like to think it’s a hint that director Irvin Kershner inserted to show that Vader senses that Leia is Force sensitive, or possibly connected to his family. Thank you also to @forcetoastpod for reigniting my love for Star Wars.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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