George Lucas - Interviews
edited by Sally Kline
Published by University Press of Mississippi
Scott's Rating: 4 out of 4
Editor Sally Kline and the University Press of Mississippi have arranged a collection of interviews conducted with George Lucas throughout his filmmaking career. The book is 237 pages long, and the 18 interviews all appeared in various books, magazines, or trade rags, from 1971 to 1999. Lucas discusses everything from the THX 1138:4EB to The Phantom Menace's effect on art films.
This book is an absolute must have for the Star Wars enthusiast! The 18 interviews are filled with little gems of info about all of Lucas' works (Don't miss the great remarks about the origins and early ideas for the Star Wars films), Skywalker Ranch, his response to critics, and so much more. It's always interesting to read Lucas' interviews in retrospect. Over the years he's made some pretty wild comments about his ideas for the Star Wars films. The one thing that becomes obvious after reading this book (if it wasn't already) is that Lucas isn't above changing his mind or ideas for a film. No matter how many times he says, "...but that's the story of these films, and we're stuck with it.", the ideas are constantly evolving in his mind and he often lets bits and pieces fly to the press. These little tidbits often turn out to be only partially true in the end..."from a certain point of view". George Lucas Interviews is worth picking up for this reason alone, but it doesn't stop there. There's a neat Chronology of Lucas' life and career milestones, and a exhaustive Filmography of his work. Both of these has stuff in them that I didn't know before reading the book. The great reference material is just icing on the cake with all the great interviews. This book is good stuff, and I think you'll want to add George Lucas Interviews to your collection.
There's not really anything bad you can say about a collection of interviews. It's all organized well, and sharply edited. Some pictures or press photos would've been nice, but I have no doubt that would've made for a ton of legal/copyright issues, and probably would've proved an impossible task.
Are those glasses in that cover photo thick enough GL? I guess it waseither that or a more current photo with the double chin! :)