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The 50 Coolest Fictional Cities

6. Cloud City

First Appeared: The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Founding Father: George Lucas (with Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan)
Notable Residents: Lando Calrissian

The home of the most pivotal scene in the Star Wars trilogy is also a visually-captivating fantasy world. Excluding the dealings within, the city's backdrop set the very high standard that the final film had to live up to for its climactic scenes. The infinite hull in the middle of the building where Luke loses his hand has become the sort of setting later films would desperately try to top. The clouds make the most surreal backdrop to Luke's tortured face as he holds on to the metal rod and his wits. A background that serves to foreshadow the realization and the change that will soon take place within him. And straight up just the coolest place to land your ship in all of the Star Wars Universe (you know Lando throws a crazy party).

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