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George Lucas
Shields, Charles J., 1951-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House, [2002]

Physical Description:
104 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Star wars -- The wanderer -- Film school -- American zoetrope and THX1138 -- American graffiti -- The saga -- George Lucas, the industry -- The future of filmmaking.
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PN1998.3.L835 S54 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
PN1998.3.L835 S54 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN1998.3.L835 S54 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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This exciting series gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the world of movies. Each title focuses on one famous director, giving insights into his or her life, history, and vision for the future. Find out what happened on the set of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and discover how James Cameron directed a cast of hundreds on the set of Titanic Once planning to be a professional race car driver, an accident ended that dream for this director of the Star Wars movies.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. In these books in the Behind the Camera series, Shields profiles prominent, still-active filmmakers, focusing on their individual styles and working methods and on their places in the history of film and American culture. Discussing the making of, nature of, and response to each film, the author doles out praise and criticism evenhandedly, portraying Lucas as a brilliant technician with a gift for capturing the cultural moment but an inability to work easily with others and Lee as a gifted gate-crasher with a tendency to overdo both satire and sentimentality in his work. Aside from a quick tour of Skywalker Ranch and a photo of the Lee family at a basketball game, readers get only occasional glimpses of these icons' private lives. Shields tucks in substantial quoted passages from his subjects and from critics alike plus a selection of large color stills and publicity photos, then closes with useful lists of books, Web sites, and films. Both works are afflicted with typos, but they still make worthwhile reading for budding filmmakers and general readers with an interest in the history of movies. --John Peters



George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, discovered his love of filmmaking by accidentally signing up for a cinematography course in college. Since then his vision and independence have earned him praise from colleagues, critics, and audiences alike. Read more about one of the legendary filmmakers of our time. Excerpted from Georges Lucas by Charles J. Shields All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.