"You didn't see us alone together in South Passage. She expressed her true feelings for me." I was ten in 1980 and I read the novelization of Empire till the covers fell off. I thought it was the most romantic thing ever, in large part, because it took place in a snow fort.
I love this shot. Luke looks like just another stalactite. Also you can see the bones of the dead animals in Wampa's cave to the left. Years ago, I kept a Wampa and Luke in Hoth gear action figure in my freezer.
Han flags down help after spending the night in the shelter with Luke. I've always thought that must have been a long night for Han, what with Luke raving about Ben and reeking of Tauntaun guts. This screen cap shows one of my favorite things about the Frozen Planet of Hoth: Mukluks.
Who needs CGI when there is stop motion, like this? Is there a fanboy or fangirl who doesn't squeal in delight when the walker shifts its weight to take out that snow speeder.
The Millenium Falcon causes a near miss between some star destroyers. I could probably fill a whole post with just screencaps of the Falcon.
One of Vader's minions catches an unwanted eyeful of what he looks like underneath the helmet. This shot is accompanied by one of the most disturbing sound effects ever as the air gets sucked out of Vader's head can.
This is the most difficult scene in the film to explain to a four-year-old. I have a delightfully literal action figure of Darth on which the face mask pulls off to reveal Luke's face. Really, George Lucas will make just about anything into a toy.
This is the counterpoint the stalactite shot. Mark Hamil did a lot of upside-down work in this movie.
Thematically Empire is the darkest installment of the Original Trilogy, but tonally it's the lightest. Even Darth Vader is bathed in sunshine and fireworks. With the snow on Hoth, the clouds on Bespin, and the mist on Dagoba, there's very little literal darkness in this film.
I had a Burger King cup with this image on it. And a beach towel. Nothing says a day at the seaside like father and son squaring off with deadly weapons.
This scene reminds me so much of the Krell interiors in Forbidden Planet, from the color scheme, to the 1950s streamline art deco architecture to the massive sense of scale with the diminutive humans walking around. I had to double check that conceptual artist, Ralph McQuarrie didn't work on Forbidden Planet.
In order of production, this is the third limb lost in the Star Wars saga. In the time line of the story it is the eleventh out of a total of twelve.
Vader is so bummed out about the fight with his son that when his minions loose the Falcon yet again, he doesn't even bother to kill any of them.