Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Ben Burtt on Darth Vader Sounds (1977)

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In this featurette from the Lucasfilm video archives, sound designer Ben Burtt discusses the evolution of Darth Vader's iconic, ominous breathing.

In the original script, Darth Vader was described as a "strange dark being, in some kind of a life-support system." As a result, Burtt originally created many sounds for Vader: his heart audibly beating, gears turning as he moved, and more. This turned out to be too much, however, and was scaled back to just his mechanical lungs -- which became a classic movie sound effect, and remains a defining feature of the Dark Lord of the Sith.

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1 min 2 sec

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4,802

Posted On
January 28, 2014
Director
George Lucas

Writer
George Lucas

Studio
20th Century Fox

Release
May 25, 1977
Cast
Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Peter Cushing
Alec Guinness
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