Set in Paris was thrilled to participate in the opening night for the press of the Star Wars Identities exposition at the Cité du Cinéma. Without giving away too much, the exposition is fun and interactive journey through the behind the scenes aspects of one of cinema’s greatest conceived sagas.

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The exhibition is filled with archival art, costumes, props and more. You are guided through the journey by an overarching concept which analyzes the complexities of identity in relation to George Lucas’s timeless films. You may have to make way for R2-D2 or a Stromtrooper, or stop to take your photo with Darth Vader during your visit. From start to finish, you will have the opportunity to build your own Star Wars identity, come to terms with what motivates your actions and which genetics and traits compile your personality, and conclude your stay with the ultimate choice: to join the “Dark Side” or reject the offer for the greater good of the galaxy. Star Wars Identities is great for families and people of all ages. Even if you are not a die-hard fan of the franchise, the exposition has something to offer. Fully-equipped with scientific research throughout, the exhibition proves informative and engaging. There is something to be gained both culturally and educationally during a visit!

Preview of coming attractions…

Costume worn by Ray Park as Sith apprentice Darth Maul, complete with iconic double-bladed lightsaber. George Lucas’s instructions to his art department during character development were that the villain should look like a figure from “your worst nightmare.”

Epsiode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)


This full-sized version of Anakin’s Podracer was built for close-up shots. The blue and silver stripes, borrowed from a sports car George Lucas owned in his youth, were used to differentiate Anakin from others in the race.

“Anakin and His Mother”

Shmi and Anakin Skywalker look out over a crowded street. The common practice of adding colour to a photocopy of an original sketch allows concept artists to explore different colour combinations without having to redo the original.

Concept art
Photocopy of original pencil drawing with marker added by hand
Terryl Whitlatch
Lucasfilm Archives

Queen and Senator Padmé Amidala’s Wardrobe (from left to right)

1. Costume worn by Natalie Portman as the Queen of Naboo. Padmé wears this dress during the celebration to mark the end of Naboo’s occupation.

2. Costume worn by Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala. The design of this outfit was a tribute to the all-white Princess Leia costumes of the classic trilogy.

Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

3. Costume worn by Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala. Padmé wears this dress during final appearance at the Senate, when Palpatine appoints himself Emperor of the galaxy.

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2006)

“High on Neuroticism, Low on Agreeableness”

Anakin’s personality profile plays a significant role in shaping his identity. Call them demons, personality disorders, or just plain problems, Anakin’s arrogance, impulsiveness, and anxiety lead him away from the Jedi and send him spiraling towards the dark side of the Force.


Costume worn by David Prowse as Darth Vader. The first mock-up of the iconic costume was cobbled together from available bits and pieces, including a World War II German helmet, a monk’s cloak, and a gas mask.

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

“R2-D2 and C-3PO Leave the Pod in the Desert”

George Lucas hired artist Ralph McQuarrie to conceptualise his earliest ideas for the script he was writing. Dated January 1975, this is the first painting McQuarrie ever did for Star Wars.

Production painting
Acrylic on illustration board
Ralph McQuarrie
A New Hope (1977)
Lucasfilm archives

Jabba the Hutt’s anchor tattoo was a subtle feature of the original Episode VI: Return of the Jedi-puppet. Animators paid tribute to the original Jabba by working the tattoo into The Clone Wars (the 2008 computer-animated entry in the Star Wars saga, whose plot takes place in the three year-period in between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith).

Character study
Pencil and Ink on paper
Jabba’s Palace:

“A Gangster’s Paradise”

With the galactic powers all thousands of parsecs away, Jabba the Hutt has found himself a comfy shady dealings associated with his slimy subculture. Nightly entertainment, slave girls galore, and a Wild-West lawlessness that promises no end of excitement. Just don’t get on the boss’s bad side.


In the pre-production phases of Star Wars, the development of Yoda’s character was constantly evolving (as evident in the original concept art of the left photo). Lucas & Co. eventually decided that they wanted the wise Jedi-master and teacher to have a Buddha-like appearance with the qualities of Eastern belief and religious culture. However, in creating Yoda, the art department wanted a distinctly wise face for Yoda, and his strangely familiar eyes were sampled from one of history’s greatest geniuses. Spend a moment looking at his face…Can you figure out who they used as a model for Yoda?



Star Wars Prequel Trilogy & Classic Trilogy Archive

Click any theatrical poster to view the film’s IMDB page:

The Star Wars Identities exposition is open now until June 30th! Click the link below to reserve tickets and find more information:


The exhibition is held at the Ciné du Cinéma complex, where brand new studios opened in 2012 to shoot and create films (recently coined as a “Hollywood sur Seine”). Variety.com recently published an interesting article which anticipates a grand future for the film industry in Paris. Click the link below to read the full article:

Paris Studios Anticipates Production Hike in 2014


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