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Nov 28

Utah Film Center is Gifting the Worst Holiday Special this Giving Tuesday

Utah Film Center is Gifting the Worst Holiday Special this Giving Tuesday

Presented by Utah Film Center at Salt Lake City Public Library Main Branch

This Giving Tuesday, November 28th, Utah Film Center is giving the gift of the worst holiday movie ever made. A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Movie Happened, embarks on how this terribly great movie was ever made. Join us in watching the documentary that turns back the clock to investigate the origins of this Star Wars event and stay after as we chat with filmmakers, Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak at 7 pm at the Salt Lake City Library.   

In 1978, millions of families across America eagerly tuned into CBS for one of the most anticipated TV programs of the season, “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” Two hours later – all 13 million viewers exclaimed, “What the hell was that?” Okay, not everyone—small children enjoyed it—but out of this one-time-only broadcast event, a camp legend was born.

Despite Star Wars’ massive box office success the previous year, it was not the franchise juggernaut we know today. As development progressed on The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas felt he needed something to maintain his creation’s place in pop culture till the sequel was ready. The special emerged at a time when variety shows dominated primetime television, and Lucas drew upon talents more comfortable with song and dance numbers than science fiction. This behind-the-scenes tension led to the cult disaster we now know, starring Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, Jefferson Starship, and, best of all, Boba Fett.

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  • November 28, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Tue)

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Salt Lake City Public Library Main Branch
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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