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Cinema Metropolis /Umbertide by Luca Benni e Matteo Cesarini

Star Wars The return of the Force Twenty year old Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) is a nomad living on the desert planet of Jakku. Hers is the face that opens the trailer for The Force Awakens - the new and seventh episode of the Star Wars saga, and the beginning of a new trilogy. Her line, «There are stories about what happened...», is its darkest. It tells us what happened thirty years ago on the forest moon of Endor, at the time of the final battle in Return of the Jedi, and in particular about a mysterious thing called The Force.

That mysterious force now makes its first appearance in the title of a film in the franchise, and has a long history; ever since George Lucas (in the first draft of Star Wars) wrote the phrase «may the Force of Others be with you»; the Others being Jedi Knights, and The Force being the bond that unites them; a powerful bond, and a bit like the one that links George Lucas, in the early 70s, with knights of another force, dubbed the ‘New Hollywood’, of which Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg are a part.

That force, from the first trilogy until the seventh episode – released on 16th December and directed by JJ Abrams – will reveal its dark side and become something else: no longer the strength of others, but simply The Force. The others will disappear. Even George Lucas will find himself flying solo, like his Luke Skywalker. In October 2012 Lucasfilm was sold to The Walt Disney Company, and the saga invented by the legendary filmmaker ended up in the hands of JJ Abrams; a man who has always loved the work of both Lucas and Steven Spielberg, (citing them more than once in his work, Super 8). Despite some hesitation, it seems that Lucas contributed to the choice of Abrams as director, and it was his intention to leave the franchise so that it could enter into a new phase, hoping that the new authors would know how to use what George himself left: «...a boundless creativity, pure invention and hope», as stated by Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World (fresh from the giant box office success of the film), who will direct the ninth episode of Star Wars,and (supposedly), the conclusion of the new trilogy. So from 16th December we’ll continue to listen to the stories about what happened; stories that began a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...

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