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‘Star Wars’ conquers new territory

Lucas kicks off exhibit debut at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON — It was George Lucas day at the Smithsonian on Wednesday.

Lucas kicked off the day with a press preview of an exhibit at the Air & Space Museum titled “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth.” In the afternoon, the Smithsonian debuted a 27-minute docu on the making of the “Star Wars” trilogy before handing Lucas its highest award, the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.

The exhibit features original models, storyboards, production paintings and costumes. An audio guide for the exhibit is narrated by James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader.

In the spirit LucasFilm’s licensing department, the exhibit also includes a store specializing in “Star Wars”- related merchandise.

The docu, also titled “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth” was directed by the Smithsonian’s Erik Von Spaeth. It features interviews with Lucas, scribe Lawrence Kasdan, and actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

The docu, which opens its exclusive engagement at the Air & Space Museum on Friday, was enthusiastically received by an audience of about 1,500, which gave Lucas a raucous standing ovation. He received another standing ovation after he was presented with the medal.

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