George Lucas: A Life

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Little, Brown, Dec 6, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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The essential biography of the influential and beloved filmmaker George Lucas.

On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, and directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box-office records and ushering in a new way for movies to be made, marketed, and merchandised. It is now one of the most adored-and successful-movie franchises of all time.

Now, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life and times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones.

If Star Wars wasn't game-changing enough, Lucas went on to create another blockbuster series with Indiana Jones, and he completely transformed the world of special effects and the way movies sound. His innovation and ambition forged Pixar and Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and THX sound.

Lucas's colleagues and competitors offer tantalizing glimpses into his life. His entire career has been stimulated by innovators including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, actors such as Harrison Ford, and the very technologies that enabled the creation of his films-and allowed him to keep tinkering with them long after their original releases. Like his unforgettable characters and stories, his influence is unmatched.
 

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This is a straightforward biography that traces the life of filmmaker George Lucas through his childhood, education, and various creative endeavors. As a child of a strict father in Modesto ... Read full review

George Lucas: A Life

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The original Star Wars films rank among the greatest and most lucrative films of all time, with sales of Star Wars-related merchandise having raked in more than $27 billion. Kicking off J.J. Abrams's ... Read full review

Contents

Out of Control March
Geeks and Nerds 19621966
The Right Horse 1967
Radicals and Hippies 19671971
American Graffiti 19711973
Bleeding on the Page 19731976
Striking Back 19771979
Darkening Skies 19791983
Empty Flash 19831994
A Digital Universe 19941999
Cynical Optimism 19992005

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About the author (2016)

Brian Jay Jones is the author of the New York Times bestseller Jim Henson: The Biography. He worked for nearly two decades as a public policy analyst and speechwriter, and has a degree in English literature from the University of New Mexico. He lives in Maryland with his wife.

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