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“Star Wars” almost didn’t get made

In the 1960s, despite the social and racial turmoil in America, despite assassinations and the wound of Vietnam, it was possible for young men in love with the movies to believe an extraordinary opportunity was coming into their possession. Perhaps the movies belonged to them. This led to an experiment in Northern California that inspired film kids across the country and substantially altered the medium. For a moment, at least, these “brats” could believe they were in charge, riding into the future on new technology and economics. Then an older truth sank in: that the technology had been riding them.

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