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Star Wars voted most influential visual effects film ever

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has voted 1977 blockbuster Star Wars: A New Hope as the most influential visual effects film.
None | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2007 10:11 PM IST

Star Wars has been crowned as the most influential visual effects film of all time in a Visual Effects Society (VES) poll.

The epic science fantasy saga was voted by 1,500 members of the film trade organisation.

Star Wars which was created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s, has been honoured by the VES earlier as well in 2004, when Lucas was presented with the society's first Lifetime Achievement Award.

The worldwide poll will be the focus of the film society's Festival of Visual Effects that is scheduled to take place between June 7 and 10 in Los Angeles.

The top five list of the poll included Blade Runner, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, science fiction/action film The Matrix, and fictional dinosaurs' Jurassic Park.

The top 50 list also includes King Kong, Larry Semon's The Wizard of Oz, sci-fi comedy film Ghostbusters, Academy Award-winning adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark and the 2006 pirate adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

According to executive director of VES, Eric Roth, all these movies are a landmark in terms of their technicality.

"These films have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral, artistic element of cinematic expression and the storytelling process," BBC quoted Roth, as saying.

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