- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Samuel French Trade; New Ed edition (1 April 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0573606064
- ISBN-13: 978-0573606069
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,101,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas Paperback – 1 Apr 1990
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Dale Pollock is president of Peak Productions and a successful producer of twelve feature films (which have received four Academy Award nominations). A former film critic for Daily Variety and chief film reporter for the Los Angeles Times, he lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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actually ends in 83
with an extra chapter shoe horned on the end full of erroneous information
about the prequels that was either inaccurate or changed.
The rest of the text is definitely not updated.The author and Lucas talk about a distant far off day when film-makers will be able to use computers to create landscapes and images cheaper than actually building a set.
if you dont mind how dated most of the information is then this is a OK book for any star wars fan
Where it is okay, it's mostly probably accidental: how only a rather indulged little JD like Lucas could wind up making movies like 'Star Wars'. No Englishman could have pulled it off, that's for certain. It's all about time, place, family circumstances, early tastes for comic books etc. etc. Who could we offer? Michael Reeves? Kingsley Amis said years ago there were certain things only the Americans could do properly: play jazz, make westerns and animated cartoons, for example. So, yes, Lucas is some kind of genius - certainly more to my taste than, say, Picasso, but not in the same league as Louis Armstrong. The movies themselves are mostly crap - though not as bad as something like 'The X-Files' - but you get the feeling Lucas knows they're crap. They're also - needless to say - entertaining - in the way that Abbott and Costello are entertaining. Nothing much wrong with that - until you start watching Laurel and Hardy, Keaton, Chaplin or Harold Lloyd all over again.
The majority of 'science fiction' movies are, unfortunately, either junk or overrated - like 'Forbidden Planet'. I prefer the junk, just like I prefer a cheeseburger and large fries over quiche and salad. Give me 'Earth Versus The Flying Saucers' over 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' any day of the week. Martians kick butt - yay!
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The most packed sections deal with American Graffiti and A New Hope, and again, the information is fantastic - especially the details on the two years of drafts for ANH. Raiders and Empire definitely could have been given more, but at that point, Lucas was more of a hands off producer, and in many ways, they don't add to the story.
So why four stars? As you hit the 3/4 mark, you suddenly begin to wonder how the book is going to fill up its remaining quarter, since you're up to Jedi in the history. What follows is a really painful to read character analysis of George Lucas that literally tries to analyze him down to an atomic level. It's wildly bipolar - you'll regularly come across sentences like "Lucas is one of the greatest producers in the world - but many think him a subpar director, and a bad husband." Also, it gets REALLY, REALLY gossipy, with just about everyone coming out of the woodwork to criticize him over anything, and then letting Lucas respond. I'm all for the behind the scenes stuff, especially when it's revealing, but this just feels exploitative. And it goes on, and on, and on, and on...
Then you hit the last chapter, cobbled together from what the author has read about the Phantom Menace's production (he clearly wasn't allowed within ten miles of George Lucas after the first publication), and it's laughable. These last two chapters, about 1/4th of the book, are terrible.
BUT! It's absolutely worth reading for the first 3/4ths for a great portrait of Lucas. Just stop reading when it starts getting stupid.