George Lucas: A Life

Author(s): Brian Jay Jones

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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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George Lucas: A Life is an astonishing in-depth look at the mind behind classic films, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The book focuses on Lucas' career but also the impact he had on others and his development of special effects. With great detail and compassion, Jones has crafted the essential biography of one of the greats of cinema - Elisa, Book Grocer.

General Fields

  • : 9780316257442
  • : Little Brown & Company
  • : Orbit
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian Jay Jones
  • : Hardback
  • : 560