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Thirty years ago, an unheralded film known as Star Wars opened in theaters and took audiences on a groundbreaking journey to a galaxy far, far away. It instantly seized the public's imagination, and three decades later still claims that grasp.
On Memorial Day Monday, May 28th @ 9pm, The History Channel premieres STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED, a 2-hour special exploring why the emotional impact of the Star Wars Saga remains as relevant as ever.
Through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics, we'll learn about the similarities between the tales of Luke Skywalker and King Arthur and Buddha and Yoda. We'll see how Star Wars' intensely compelling stories - borrowed from diverse traditions, from Greek mythology and American westerns to the Bible and even Vaudeville - force us to explore some of the biggest questions of our time.
Uncover the Legend Monday, May 28th @ 9pm and watch how Lucas re-introduced the world to the modern myth.
J.J. ABRAMS Filmmaker
TOM BROKAW Journalist
STEPHEN COLBERT Political Satirist
DR. JOAN BRETON CONNELLY Associate Prof. of Fine Arts, NYU
LINDA ELLERBEE Journalist
STEVEN GALIPEAU Author, "The Journey of Luke Skywalker"
NEWT GINGRICH Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives 1995-1999
MARY HENDERSON Author, "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth"
EDWARD L. HUDGINS Executive Director, The Atlas Society
PETER JACKSON Filmmaker
DR. JOHN C. LYDEN Prof. of Religion, Dana College
ELVIS MITCHELL Film Critic
DR. CAMILLE PAGLIA Prof. of Humanities and Media Studies, Univ. of the Arts
NANCY PELOSI Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
DAN RATHER Journalist
DR. CARL A. RUBINO Prof. of Classics, Hamilton College
DR. CARL SILVIO Co-Editor, "Culture Identities and Technologies in the Star Wars Films"
KEVIN SMITH Filmmaker
DR. KEVIN J. WETMORE, Jr Author, The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films
JOSS WHEDON Filmmaker
LEON WIESELTIER Literary Editor, "The New Republic"
DR. JONATHAN YOUNG Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives
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