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In among the hundreds of movie books published throughout the year we keep you abreast of the best new releases with Ian Gilchrist’s Reel Ink columns but as we approach Christmas we’re rounding up the best of the year’s books, guaranteed to make the movie fan in your life very happy come Christmas morning.

There are books relating to specific films, with a plethora of contemporary accounts, interviews and photos as well as analysis with the benefit of hindsight. There are a number of books dedicated to directors and their process, their inspirations as well as some intriguing peeks into their creative warehouses.

We’ll be looking at the best boxsets, movie-related clothing as well as the strangest movie items to buy this year, so keep an eye out for those on HeyUGuys in the coming weeks.

For now here are our favourite film books released this year, and there are some wonderful additions to your bookshelves.

The Making of The Return of the Jedi

10. The Making of Return of the Jedi: The Definitive Story Behind the Film

J.W. RinzlerForeword by Brad Bird

This is the third, and presumably final, book of Rinzler’s captivating Makings Of… series peeking behind the curtain of Lucasfilm’s greatest trilogy. Those who have bought the previous volumes will know what riches are contained herein. This is a fascinating account of Lucasfilm before, during and after the making of Return of the Jedi looking at the company’s perilous state after the gamble of Empire, and the various corporate shenanigans and personal turbulence Lucas was going through in order to complete his trilogy.

The thorough account of the film’s story is littered with a huge amount of contemporary candid interviews peppered liberally with call-sheet breakdowns of the shooting days, a dazzling gallery of behind the scenes photos (worth the price alone) and so much more. The problems with David Prowse, the delight of discovering Warwick Davis, the profile of the late director Richard Marquand and his struggles with Lucas (as well as the definitive account of finding out just how close we came to David Lynch’s Jedi movie) are a small number of the delights of this book.

We recommend going for the enhanced ebook edition as there’s a huge amount of printed dailies, audio interviews, pre-FX shots, animated pre-vis cuts, and a slew of behind the scenes footage – it’s the most thorough and authoritative account of the, until recently, final Star Wars film.

Buy it here.

Published by Aurum Press

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