George Lucas: Interviews

George Lucas: Interviews

by George Lucas
     
 

A director, producer, and writer, George Lucas is the power behind "The Force." The son of a conservative small-town businessman, he grew up to become arguably the most identifiable and popular filmmaker in the history of the medium. Yet unlike his more publicly engaged contemporaries, Lucas rarely grants reporters an audience.

This first book of Lucas's

Overview

A director, producer, and writer, George Lucas is the power behind "The Force." The son of a conservative small-town businessman, he grew up to become arguably the most identifiable and popular filmmaker in the history of the medium. Yet unlike his more publicly engaged contemporaries, Lucas rarely grants reporters an audience.

This first book of Lucas's interviews affords fans and students of film and science fiction a rare opportunity. Editor Sally Kline collects conversations from the reticent director spanning Lucas's entire career, from the making of his first film, 1971's THX-1138, through American Graffiti, the triumph of the Star Wars trilogy, and even a 1999 interview given while awaiting the release of Star Wars: Episode One--The Phantom Menace.

In interviews from venues such as Rolling Stone, Playboy, and American Film, Lucas reveals his distrust of the Hollywood establishment, his love for making movies, and his unambiguous values and how those values translate into the epic clash between good and evil created when he explores characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

Lucas revolutionized the movie industry and created the most successful film series of all time. Along with films of his close friend Steven Spielberg, Lucas's releases invented the notion of blockbuster movies. Before the end of the millennium, he could count the loyal fans of the Star Wars trilogy in the millions.

Sally Kline is film critic for The Journal newspapers. She has worked as a film commentator on a number of Washington, D.C. radio stations and as a guest lecturer at George Washington University. A freelance writer andresearcher, she has contributed to two books, including a biography of Robert F. Kennedy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Producer/director/writer Lucas seems to have spent much of his career defending his work against the criticism that it is shallow and insubstantial. Famous for blockbusters, including American Graffiti and the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series, he is often thought to have helped bring the industry into a new and, some would say, regressive era in which megabudgets, megastars, and special effects are paramount. In this engrossing collection of 18 pieces (some are actual interviews, some are essays with quotations incorporated), he comes across as a thoughtful and dedicated filmmaker whose talents for action, editing, drama, and storytelling are often overlooked by those who see his films as "junk food for the mind." He maintains that the huge revenues his films generate create more opportunities for art-house and independent films. Though guarded and impatient with those who expect him to be Fellini, he provides insight into the motion picture business. This book nicely complements the entertaining, pictorial George Lucas: The Creative Impulse (LJ 10/1/92). Recommended for public and academic cinema collections.--Richard Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578061242
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.13(d)

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