Irvin Kershner

Irvin Kershner (April 29, 1923 – November 27, 2010) was an American film director and occasional actor, best known for directing quirky, independent films early in his career, and then Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Description above from the Wikipedia article Irvin Kershner , licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Traveling Man (1989)

A poignant comedy about a middle-aged salesman trying to get his life and career back on track while being pushed and antagonized by an aggressive rookie he has been teamed up with.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  John Lithgow  •  Jonathan Silverman  •  Margaret Colin  •  John Glover

A poignant comedy about a middle-aged salesman trying to get his life and career back on track while being pushed and antagonized by an aggressive rookie he has been teamed up with.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  John Lithgow  •  Jonathan Silverman  •  Margaret Colin  •  John Glover

Berkeley (2005)

Berkeley is the story of Ben Sweet, an eighteen year old boy who comes to UC Berkeley in 1968 to study accounting and avoid the draft. There begins an odyssey through sex, drugs, rock and roll, and political activism which turns his world upside down and leaves him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Nick Roth  •  Kate Miner  •  Sarah Carter  •  Laura Jordan

Berkeley is the story of Ben Sweet, an eighteen year old boy who comes to UC Berkeley in 1968 to study accounting and avoid the draft. There begins an odyssey through sex, drugs, rock and roll, and political activism which turns his world upside down and leaves him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobby Roth
CAST:  Nick Roth  •  Kate Miner  •  Sarah Carter  •  Laura Jordan

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Barbara Hershey  •  David Bowie

Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Barbara Hershey  •  David Bowie

Being and Becoming (2014)

Being and Becoming explore the choice not to school ones children, to trust them and to let them learn freely what they are passionate about. Through four countries, the US, Germany (where it's illegal not to go to school), France and the UK, the film is a truth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clara Bellar
CAST:  Irvin Kershner

Being and Becoming explore the choice not to school ones children, to trust them and to let them learn freely what they are passionate about. Through four countries, the US, Germany (where it's illegal not to go to school), France and the UK, the film is a truth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clara Bellar
CAST:  Irvin Kershner

Fog City Mavericks (2007)

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

When Star Wars Ruled the World (2004)

A VH1 television special wherein the cast discuss the making of the films and what made the franchise a phenomenon.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Kenny Baker  •  Jeremy Bulloch  •  Ben Burtt  •  Anthony Daniels

A VH1 television special wherein the cast discuss the making of the films and what made the franchise a phenomenon.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Kenny Baker  •  Jeremy Bulloch  •  Ben Burtt  •  Anthony Daniels

Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980)

BBC documentary. Witness John Williams composing the legendary score for The Empire Strikes Back and conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.  (more)

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CAST:  Antony Horder  •  John Williams  •  George Lucas  •  Steven Spielberg

BBC documentary. Witness John Williams composing the legendary score for The Empire Strikes Back and conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.  (more)

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CAST:  Antony Horder  •  John Williams  •  George Lucas  •  Steven Spielberg

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Even the most devout Star Wars fan might not know that filmmaker and journalist Michel Parbot was once given unprecedented access to the set, stars, and filmmakers behind The Empire Strikes Back. The resulting work, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Parbot
CAST:  Irvin Kershner  •  Gary Kurtz  •  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford

Even the most devout Star Wars fan might not know that filmmaker and journalist Michel Parbot was once given unprecedented access to the set, stars, and filmmakers behind The Empire Strikes Back. The resulting work, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Parbot
CAST:  Irvin Kershner  •  Gary Kurtz  •  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford

Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery (1997)

Host Howie Long takes viewers on a tour of the "Star Wars" universe, as Fox TV celebrates the re-release of the original three legendary films in this one hour special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas C. Grane
CAST:  Howie Long  •  George Lucas  •  Irvin Kershner  •  Lawrence Kasdan

Host Howie Long takes viewers on a tour of the "Star Wars" universe, as Fox TV celebrates the re-release of the original three legendary films in this one hour special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas C. Grane
CAST:  Howie Long  •  George Lucas  •  Irvin Kershner  •  Lawrence Kasdan

Star Wars: Deleted Magic (2005)

This is a very interesting Star Wars documentary about the making of the first Star Wars film (and to a lesser extent Empire and Jedi) including a look at some of the deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, and notes on subtle things that you might have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garrett Gilchrist
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher

This is a very interesting Star Wars documentary about the making of the first Star Wars film (and to a lesser extent Empire and Jedi) including a look at some of the deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, and notes on subtle things that you might have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garrett Gilchrist
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher

Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema (2005)

Current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of the epic classic "Ben-Hur".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  William Wyler  •  Bruce Crawford  •  Ben Burtt  •  Ridley Scott

Current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of the epic classic "Ben-Hur".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  William Wyler  •  Bruce Crawford  •  Ben Burtt  •  Ridley Scott

Confidential File: Barbiturates (1955)

A filmed sequence dramatizes the problems addressed in the program: the story of a working mother addicted to barbiturates initially prescribed by her doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner  •  Ben Pivar
CAST:  Paul Coates

A filmed sequence dramatizes the problems addressed in the program: the story of a working mother addicted to barbiturates initially prescribed by her doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner  •  Ben Pivar
CAST:  Paul Coates

Confidential File: Horror Comics (1955)

In 1954 the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency conducted an investigation into how the comic book industry was supposedly contributing to the moral decay of a nation's youth. The investigations were spurred on by a number of articles that blamed comics ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Estes Kefauver  •  Paul Coates

In 1954 the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency conducted an investigation into how the comic book industry was supposedly contributing to the moral decay of a nation's youth. The investigations were spurred on by a number of articles that blamed comics ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Estes Kefauver  •  Paul Coates

Mythos Hollywood - Das Geheimnis des Erfolgs (1998)

Ekchart Schmidt examines the machinery behind the dream factory; the Hollywood myth is unmasked. How does the studio industry work? What role does marketing and the hype surrounding the stars play?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eckhart Schmidt
CAST:  Lawrence Bender  •  Jerome Hellman  •  John Schlesinger  •  Irvin Kershner

Ekchart Schmidt examines the machinery behind the dream factory; the Hollywood myth is unmasked. How does the studio industry work? What role does marketing and the hype surrounding the stars play?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eckhart Schmidt
CAST:  Lawrence Bender  •  Jerome Hellman  •  John Schlesinger  •  Irvin Kershner
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