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Recording Captures Thrill Of Seeing Star Wars In 1977

In 1977, future makeup and special effects artist Bill Forsche attended a screening of Star Wars with his mother, all the while secretly recording the movie with a hidden tape player. Also recorded: the audience’s frequently enthusiastic and joyous responses to the action onscreen, including occasional commentary from Forsche’s mom. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to see Star Wars in the theater during its original run, you’ll want to give this collection of clips a listen; they’re a poignant reminder of a time when typical moviegoers weren’t quite as inhibited as they are today. (Also, if you hang on to the very end, you can hear the then-thirteen-year-old Forsche making laser noises.)

Found via the AV Club!

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