“Star Wars” is about to enter a galaxy far, far away from pure entertainment value.
In anticipation of the December movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Pablo Hidalgo’s new book “Star Wars: Propaganda — A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy” (Harper Design, $40) serves up a colorful stew of history and messages associated with the film franchise. Peppered throughout the book are stunning images of posters done in a style that echoes the artwork for World War II recruitment signs as well as classic movies like Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi epic “Metropolis.”
Each poster is branded with a specific message of the Empire such as “Rise” and “We Fight, We Win” designed to enlist soldiers and encourage solidarity. There are also striking designs that hail the galaxy’s leadership, such as one emblazoned with the mantra “Stand Strong — Don’t Fail the Emperor.”
As a bonus feature, the book comes with 10 collectible posters that “Star Wars” aficionados can proudly display. May the force of art be with you.