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The feared bounty hunter Boba Fett greets visitors at the start of the Star Wars IDENTITIES exhibition at the Cité du Cinéma near Paris.
Photo: Joseph Bamat / FRANCE 24

Sacha, 25, says people around the world marvel at the Star Wars films because of their epic dimension: “The movies inspire our imagination and we get wrapped up in the story of good versus evil.”
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Familiar characters and props from George Lucas’s films lurk around every corner of the exhibition, like hero Han Solo frozen in carbonite.
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The massive wookiee Chewbacca towers over visitors.
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Costumes from the original and second trilogy, like Princes Leia’s famous metal bikini, are part of the show.
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Laura, 22, says she is drawn to the stories of romance and family tensions within Star Wars, while Lucas, 22, says the film’s magic comes from the unique universe the director created. They say the exhibition makes them feel like they are part of the saga.
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A rebel X-wing ready to assault a Star Destroyer.
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A visitor takes home a picture of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.
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Visitors create their own Star Wars “identity” by completing nine interactive stations, answering questions about their genetic makeup, culture and personality.
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It’s easy to feel like another one of the heroes in the galactic adventure.
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The exhibit includes rare sketches of some of the most famous characters of the films from when they were still a work in progress.
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The wise Jedi Master Yoda asks visitors to choose their paths with care.
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But the villains in the saga are sometimes just as attractive as the heroes.
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Fabrice, 44, says the strength of Star Wars is its richness of characters and worlds, but also their cohesiveness. “Anyone can identify with someone in the story,” he says.
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The exhibition asks visitors to make a final choice between one of the two rival sides of the Force.
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Star Wars IDENTITIES, the exhibition, is open to visitors until June 30, 2014 at the Cité du Cinéma in the suburb of Saint-Denis near Paris. Metro 13: Carrefour Pleyel.
Photo: Joseph Bamat / FRANCE 24

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