Masters of Cinema series
Essential introductions to the work of the world’s greatest directors
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George Lucas (born 1944) is a producer, screenwriter and director,
who played a major role in the anti-establishment New Hollywood
movement of the 1970s and helped define the blockbuster era of the
He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars space opera and the producer of the iconic Indiana Jones adventure film series.
Lucas had directed THX 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) before launching, in 1977, the first film in the Star Wars franchise.
Rapidly a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, this was followed by two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
Sixteen years later a new trilogy, The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), were released.
The Star Wars series has spawned a range of other media, including tv series, video games and comic books.
With this simple yet powerful saga, lucas has created a brand, a business empire and a technological revolution.
Size: 240 x 195 mm (9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in)
Pages: 104 pp
Illustrations: 100 illustrations
Karina Longworth is a film critic and journalist based in Los Angeles. Former editor of Cinematical and Spout, she is currently film editor of LA Weekly and regularly contributes to The Village Voice.
On the Masters of Cinema Series
"Modern directors are briefly and brilliantly profiled in sharp prose and smart pictures in these movie master-classes for film buffs and beginners."—Saga
"Short, beautifully illustrated essays on great directors."—The Times
"Exceptional value... Lively and accessible... Indispensable."—Obessed With Film
"Bargain price. Does an already saturated market need yet more auteur guides? On this evidence, yes... Briskly paced, scalpel-sharp primers... The collective quality is high, the tone scholarly but not intimidating... A triumph of layout as much as content, each book glows with gorgeous on- and off-screen archive photography... Magnifique."—Total Film