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Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas Paperback – 1 Apr 1990

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Product details

  • 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)

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About the Author

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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Format: Paperback
Updated edition really?
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
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Not a bad book - but not in the way the author intended it, if you see what I mean. By no means a good book, either. In fact, I'd advise any rabid 'Star Wars' fan to steer well clear of it. There's no indication that Pollock has any real feeling for his subject - just as there was never any that a director like Kubrick had any for horror or 'science fiction' - and he simply can't get his basic facts right. Mind you, I've just been reading Charles Beaumont on Bela Lugosi and he's - amazingly - all over the place, getting Lugosi mixed up with Dwight Frye, for instance.
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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By m. dosa on 4 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
for a book about i quote, one of the most creative visionaries in all film history its a bit staged yes star wars big blockbuster and then a franchise,of course the quote above refers to the U.S.A film industry imagine if the french or german industry made star wars.but if you want to know lots about the visionary this is the book for you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost knocked it down to three, but... 21 Feb. 2013
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For the first 3/4ths of this book, the information is gold. Author Dale Pollock details Lucas's life from birth through the beginning of Return of the Jedi and, having been given access to the man himself, you get a wealth of quotes and personal insights. Even better, this is a warts-and-all sort of look. No criticisms are held back, but rather than coming off in negative light, it just makes everyone look human - and I find that far more refreshing than the sugar-coated bios most filmmakers manipulate for themselves.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUN! 2 July 2013
By Michele M Wecker - Published on
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Even though the book is older, this is a fun read. The book takes you through Lucas' life: growing up, going to college and becoming successful. It is filled with facts about the man that are quite personal. My son chose to read the book for a school project, so of course, I read it too. We couldnt put it down. There are some spots that deal with business that get 'dry' for kids, but if they persevere, they are rewarded with a great story. Many laughs, many lessons. A reality check for those that think filmmaking is an easy art -- business is business, after all. Mr. Pollock did his homework on this one, there are interviews with just about everyone is Lucas' life. The most important lesson in the book: Lucas' midwestern sensibility keeps him grounded. We are from Michigan, and I understand the lessons George's father taught him, and the way George looks at life. His view of success is something every kid should consider. Great read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the roots of Lucas & Star Wars 1 Sept. 2011
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This is a good book, but it could be updated. The book is fairly thorough in detailing the early career, ambitions, problems and plights of George Lucas from the time of his birth to the time of making Return of the Jedi. This includes some discussion of THX1138 and American Grafitti. Even the updated version, however, stops there. There is no substantial discussion of any of the new prequels in this book. Yet that summarizes the book's scope and major limitations. That aside, readers will find themselves well-informed about the roots of Lucas, the genesis of Star Wars, and how the dream of the first trilogy unfolded and played out on screen. Obviously this book is not the last word on Lucas, but it is not a bad place to start learning about him
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bio 4 Mar. 2013
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My son used this for one of his monthly genre reports. It was a biography and since he loves Star Wars, why not learn about the master behind it all. He was interested in most of it and was able to answer questions his classmates asked. He got a B!
5.0 out of 5 stars best 12 Sept. 2014
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Best book ever so cool and swags omg fav lol your so funny hahaha manomana blob boo scared you boobs
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