For a certain generation, those of us who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, there will never be anything like the innocent joy of playing with Star Wars figures in your back yard

That’s what this short film, called Summer ’78, captures perfectly — an 11-year-old child outside an ordinary suburban home in the high heat of 1978, earnestly plotting out a Star Wars film of his own, filming it on a Super 8 camera, using the exact toys you could buy at the time. (Because toymakers hadn’t anticipated the success of the 1977 movie early enough, the wildly popular figures weren’t available until 1978.) Read more…

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‘Star Wars’ film adorably recreates the childhood of a mysterious fan