The director of the best Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, has passed away. Veteran filmmaker Irvin Kershner, whose many credits include The Eyes of Laura Mars, A Fine Madness, Robocop 2, Never Say Never Again, and The Return of A Man Called Horse, died at his home in Paris today at age 87.
I watched Empire again on its anniversary last May, and was surprised to see just how well it holds up. Like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Empire is just so well-crafted and expertly paced, that every time I watch it, it's just as exciting and rewarding as the first time. It is the finest of the Star Wars films, and Kershner's experienced hand is a large part of its success.
Rest in peace, Mister Kershner, and may the Force be with you.