George Lucas

George Lucas

Actor, Executive Producer, Director

BIO

Arguably the most important film innovator in the history of the medium, George Lucas continually "pushed the envelope" of filmmaking technology since his early days as a student at U.S.C. Considered a wunderkind by his contemporaries, he had a much harder time communicating his vision to studio executives, whose meddling managed to compromise each of his first three feature directing efforts in some way. The monumental success of "Star Wars" (1977) ushered in the era of the "summer blockbuster," which, despite the later popularity of low budget independent films, was still the prevailing mentality powering the Hollywood engine.

Though he set the tone and established the expectations which influenced studios to devote the bulk of their resources to films designed to blast off into hyperspace for spectacular profits, it was doubtful that a film as revolutionary as "Star Wars" was in its day could get made in the later blockbuster assembly line climate of the new millennium.

Birthday

May 14, 1944

Place of birth

Modesto - California - USA

Known for

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The Visions of Stanley Kubrick

A look at the visual design of the film The Shining (1980). Read more

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Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master

Ralph McQuarrie, concept artist of the original Star Wars trilogy, was essential in bringing the ... Read more

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Milius

The life story of ‘Zen Anarchist’ filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers... Read more

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Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels is interviewed regarding his role as C-3PO in the Star Wars films. Interview is ... Read more

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Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema

Current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence ... Read more

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Inside the Labyrinth

A behind-the-scenes look at Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy film, 'Labyrinth', featuring David Bowie an... Read more

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Hollywood between Paranoia and Sci-Fi. The Power of Myth

Gives insight into the creators mindset and how they culled from real life events to create some ... Read more

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Journey Through the Labyrinth

A retrospective look back at Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy film 'Labyrinth'. Read more

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When Star Wars Ruled the World

That time when Star Wars Ruled the World Read more

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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

A revealing look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humor and insig... Read more

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Alien Planet

The dynamic meeting of solid science and futuristic simulation culminates in a dramatic explorati... Read more

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Drew: The Man Behind the Poster

A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan. Read more

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The New Cinema

Between the French La Nouvelle Vague and the Italian Neorealismo, Europe had been undergoing a co... Read more

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Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible

Leslie Iwerks' documentary takes audiences behind the scenes at ILM with in depth interviews with... Read more

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The Making of 'Star Wars'

Ever wonder how they ever managed to make a movie like Star Wars? Well, bickering droid duo C-3PO... Read more

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The Making of 'American Graffiti'

Documentary that features many interviews and other footage of the cast and crew for the film Ame... Read more

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A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio found... Read more

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Heckler

HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. Af... Read more

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Within A Minute: The Making of Episode III

This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc DVD for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Read more

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Star Warriors

Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures... these fans want to be action figures! A tri... Read more

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The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with in... Read more

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Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

Film-makers and academics discuss the use of mythology in Star Wars and the impact of the films o... Read more

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The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

The entire process of making Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) are shown here in t... Read more

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Laddie

Profile of the producer and former studio head of 20th Century Fox in the 1970s, Alan Ladd Jr. Read more

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Artifact from the Future: The Making of 'THX 1138'

The Making of feature for the George Lucas movie 'THX 1138'. Read more

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Fog City Mavericks

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary ... Read more

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From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga

From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga is a 1983 television documentary special that origin... Read more

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The Sci-Fi Boys

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects ... Read more

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The Emperor

Comments on the background and popularity of disc jockey "Emperor" Bob Hudson, who bases his show... Read more

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On Set With "Raiders Of The Lost Ark"

Witness the making of Raiders as it happened with newly revealed footage that puts you on the set... Read more

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A Conversation with The Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later

A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Min... Read more

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Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond

Retrospective looking at the revolutionary computer-animated feature film Toy Story. Read more

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

Martin Scorsese celebrates American movies from the silent classics to the Hollywood of the Seven... Read more

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Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel

Though lightsabers have been a force in the Star Wars galaxy since George Lucas’ original film, t... Read more

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Face of Unity

Face Of Unity is the definitive Nelson Mandela documentary feature and first retrospective to be ... Read more

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Kurosawa

Documentary on film maker Akira Kurosawa Read more

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Side by Side

Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Ove... Read more

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the film... Read more

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Martin Scorsese Directs

Providing behind the scenes footage of the director on set with clips from his own films, Martin ... Read more

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Rogue One: The Bonus Disc

The bonus disc for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, joined together for one continuous film. Featuri... Read more

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Bald: The Making of 'THX 1138'

The film features a conversation between Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, producer of THX 1138. Th... Read more

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George Lucas: Maker of Films

A biography of filmmaker George Lucas. Read more