George Lucas: A Life

George Lucas: A Life

by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316257428
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 420,490
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Brian Jay Jones is the author of the New York Times bestseller Jim Henson: The Biography. He worked for nearly two decades as a public policy analyst and speechwriter, and has a degree in English literature from the University of New Mexico. He lives in Maryland with his wife.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Out of Control March 1976 3

Part I Hope 1944-1973

1 Scrawny Little Devil 1944-1962 9

2 Geeks and Nerds 1962-1966 38

3 The Right Horse 1967 68

4 Radicals and Hippies 1967-1971 86

5 American Graffiti 1971-1973 127

Part II Empire 1973-1983

6 Bleeding on the Page 1973-1976 167

7 "I Have a Bad Feeling About This" 1976-1977 215

8 Striking Back 1977-1979 246

9 Darkening Skies 1979-1983 278

Part III Return 1983-2016

10 Empty Flash 1983-1994 325

11 A Digital Universe 1994-1999 382

12 Cynical Optimism 1999-2005 408

13 Letting Go 2005-2016 436

Acknowledgments 475

Notes 479

Select Bibliography 527

Index 531

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George Lucas: A Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
thespecialk More than 1 year ago
An Excellent biography by Mr. Jones. Couldn't be it put it down. Great glimpse into Lucas' life, reality of film making and pushing technology in the ent. industry.On a personal note, as a working mother, always great to know about great places for care givers and provider to work where family life is a valued.
Tipitino More than 1 year ago
Part of a recent trend, a biography based on the world of other people more familiar with the subject person, with 45 pages devoted to notes showing original source material, and an extensive bibliography. The book covers Lucas' early life and briefly (and I can't stress enough how briefly) everything he did other than Star Wars. This books strikes me as something written by a fanboy who wasn't happy with what George did with Star Wars and the sequels and prequels. I'm not saying you have to love what the man did, but you shouldn't write a biography that basically is a long rant about what he should've done but didn't, and what he did do was weak and lame. If you're going to write a biography at least be sympathetic to the person.