Although the premise of Star Wars is that of intergalactic adventure and drama in a distant galaxy, the film and stage construction is more of terrestrial origin. While much of the film was shot with sets and special effects, no amount of technological wizardry in the 1
Tatooine, the iconic desert planet that serves as the homeworld of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, plays an important role in the history of the Star Wars universe and the plot of the films. To give the impression of a planet that is so dry that its inhabitants erect water collecting stations to draw moisture from the air, George Lucas and his troops set out for Tunisia and the northern part of the Sahara.
In Early Drafts Star Wars The planet was originally called Utapau, but when the final draft was written, Lucas had taken the name of a town called Tataouine in southern Tunisia. Despite decades in the desert, most of the kits produced remain completely intact. In addition, many of the sets were actually constructions from past civilizations in Tunisia – such as fortified granaries that appear in the series as Tatooine homes. The combination of the arid climate and the locals who actively maintain the sets to generate income for tourists will ensure that they remain well-preserved and the historic sites remain intact for the foreseeable future.
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