More amazing footage surfaces from long-lost Empire Strikes Back doc

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Dec 18, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

Just days after video surfaced from a long-lost Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back documentary, another 15 minutes of awesome footage has popped up online showing how George Lucas and company pulled off one of the greatest sci-fi flicks ever.

Filmmaker Michel Parbot shot a ton of footage and interviews for a documentary that never happened, though a bit of the work eventually surfaced in the SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back doc. But most of it was left forgotten on the shelf.

After about 15 minutes of footage showed up on YouTube via an old Dutch broadcast, reached out to filmumentary director Jamie Benning (Building Empire) to see if he knew anything about Parbot's lost project.

Turns out he did, and had actually acquired some of the footage from a fan. Here's his intro to the footage:

"When I was making Building Empire back in 2006 I came across details of a lost documentary that charted the making of The Empire Strikes Back. But wait, hadn't I already seen that? Didn't I have it on VHS? No, SPFX was a different doco entirely which concentrated for the most part on the visual effects. This missing doc was apparently full of on set footage and interviews with the cast and crew. I had to get my hands on it. Unfortunately my search was fruitless and I had to release Building Empire without this lost gem.


When I came to make an updated version of my Filmumentary for the Miami Underground Film Festival, I was lucky enough to make contact with the owner of a fan site. He was kind enough to furnish me with a few snippets of the doco to use. Alas he was unwilling to release the whole thing to me. I now think enough time had passed for me to reveal those snippets to you all! Enjoy!"

So check out another 15 minutes of long-lost behind-the-scenes footage and interviews (in much better quality!) below:


What do you think? Should someone put this thing together and finally give it a proper release?


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