I saw The Empire Strikes Back over 100 times, both as a kid, as an adult and lately as a parent with my kids. And not even once in all these times have I thought about how they shot this scene. For me it was obvious. Luke finally mastered the Force, so he could fetch the lightsaber.
The Secret Answer: Surprisingly, the shots where Luke uses his Jedi powers to retrieve his lightsaber from a distance were achieved by having Mark Hamill throw the lightsaber away and then running the film in reverse. So simple, yet so elegant. And I never noticed it.
The answer is right after this short message…
Read Here: I spent long (happy) hours researching for this article, writing, editing and preparing all the photos – like this rare photo from behind the scenes of one my favorite scenes of all time. I did it all for you, the true fan. So please read, don’t just browse the photos… And since it’s a long article and heavy with photos, some even animated, I had to split it into several pages. Please forgive me, but otherwise the page doesn’t load well. Please click next! Oh, and don’t miss the videos!