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George Lucas: The Creative Impulse - Lucasfilm's First Twenty Years [Hardcover]

Steven Spielberg , Charles Champlin , Francis Ford Coppola

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15 Oct 1992
This work deals with all the projects in which George Lucas has been involved, from his earliest feature, through "American Graffiti" to his television series "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones". It includes a biography of Lucas, a history of his film career, and summaries of each film.

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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE JEDI MASTER 31 Mar 1999
By Lawrence M. Russo II - Published on
George gave us visions of a future never before seen - this book is a chronicle of his works. The full page images and stories behind the ideas will leave you with a better sense of how this incredible universe came to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth look at the man behind the mogul 1 Aug 1998
By "swordmaster" - Published on
George Lucas: The Creative Impulse is a great book which gives the reader a view over George Lucas and his life and filmography. The book introduces in sections Lucas' "early years", his films and also briefly his companies (ILM, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts) and also takes to a tour around Skywalker Ranch.
Although there isn't as much behind-the-scenes info I would have hoped for, the book was really interesting with lots of big photographs taken during the production of Lucas' films and other neat stuff.
Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!!!!!! 4 Jun 2003
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Wonderful book about the great filmaker who gave us such masterpieces as THX 1138,Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. . . .very rich and well done with beatiful colored pages, and comments from other filmaker on the movies of George Lucas. . . . a wonderful edition that would look great on anyone cofee table,so go out and buy it today.
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction to Lucas, both the film maker and the man himself. 5 Jun 2014
By WD Preece - Published on
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This is your standard coffee table book. Large size, good heft, with lots of short articles and big pictures.

If you just discovered George Lucas and want to know the basics of his career, this book does a good job of that. You'll read about every movie his company, Lucasfilm, produced in its first 20 years of existence (up till about 1990 or so). It also includes movies that Lucas supported or worked on without credit, such as Body Heat. Lucas loves experimental and risky films, but believed critics would be harsher if his name was officially on the film. He also once helped the legendary Akira Kurosawa get a film financed--significant because Kurosawa was a big influence on Lucas.

Some themes running through the book... A lot of information comes from Lucas's close group of filmmaking friends such as Spielberg and Coppola. Since his early days, Lucas dreamed of filmmakers joining together to make the films they loved without the headaches that come with Hollywood. There are numerous stories here where Lucas had gotten help from others early in his career and then went out and helped others after he became successful. His Skywalker Ranch is the manifestation of that dream. Lucas proved that it was possible to make successful big-time professional movies without those meddling Hollywood executives.

What you won't find in this book: A lot of small details about every project. Most of the text is known stuff, but there is fair amount of detail that I had not read elsewhere. So it has some benefit to knowledgeable Lucas fans. You'll also not find any dirt or negativity. I was a bit shocked to read that ewoks were well-received. That just doesn't match my own recollection of events in 1983. It does quote Lucas discussing why he thought Howard the Duck failed. (It's still hard for me to understand how the man who created Yoda could follow up with that awful "guy in a duck suit" movie.)

The pictures are a mix of well-known and harder to find images. It's worth having just for the rare pics. I can't get enough of the candid shots from the movie sets. The shot of Lucas and Coppola with a Tucker car was nice. My favorite was the large shot of the Snowtroopers entering the rebel base in Empire Strikes Back (I wish the movie had more of that). And the wrap around cover by Drew Struzan is superb.

I think "Creative Impulse" is a good choice for new Lucas fans. Those wanting more should jump right into "Skywalking." And from there, the Rinzler three "Making of Star Wars" (original trilogy) books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting coffee table book 8 May 2014
By sgordonmark - Published on
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This is a beautifully composed and illustrated book which I gave as a present to a Lucasfilm fan who well appreciated it.
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