The Late Movies: Retro Star Wars

Star Wars holds up pretty well no matter what era you put it in. Oh yeah, I know "A long time ago..." but that's just the story. What if we were to set the movies into another period of Hollywood history?

The Empire Strikes Back (Silently)

This video by Venezuelan filmmaker nehomar2005 has been making a stir on the internet this week, possibly because it depicts The Empire Strikes Back, which is widely considered to be the best of the six Star Wars films. However, there are a lot of retro versions of the Star Wars stories we can enjoy, including more from the silent film era.

Silent Star Wars

This one from neonstudtz was made about four years ago, featuring scenes from all three movies of the original trilogy, in little over a minute. And there are many more to come.

Droid Soup

YouTube user bombblastmen made two episodes of a silent Star Wars film. The second part is:

Steamboat Jedi

The Sword of Light

By Davis Li-Jen Lin. It's a martial arts vampire spaghetti western fan film done on a tight budget. This is the story of how the first light saber came about, 6,000 years before the battle of Naboo. That is definitely "a long time ago"! There's also a sequel.

The Story of Luke and Leia

From YouTube user lizzylizzy1. She also did silent films on the relationship between Obi-wan and Anakin and Anakin and Padmé.

A New Hope

Also by lizzylizzy1.

Hitler's Imperial March

If there's anything scarier than the evil Empire, it's history. Here, the ominous Imperial March perfectly accompanies footage of Nazi Germany.

Space Knights

On a lighter note, this movie recalls the adventure serials of the 1930s.

Imperial Propaganda Reel

A recruitment tool for the Empire.

The Empire Strikes Back 1950

Produced as if it were a 1950s 3D film. From master editor Ivan Guerrero.

The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas

When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”



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