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Kanye and Eisenstein walk into a Methodist Church: The paradoxes of George Lucas

17 December 2015 10:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It might seem like an odd thing to say about one of the world’s wealthiest men, but George Lucas has gotten the shaft. Not to whine, but we always talk about him as a cult leader, a businessman, or an Emperor Palpatine impersonator; never as an actual film artist. Part of that’s understandable, as Lucas has spent more of his career producing other people’s work or licensing his own than he has actually making movies. But the lack of serious critical conversation about his filmography bums me out. It’s difficult to reckon Lucas’ roots as an abstract, non-narrative filmmaker with his transformation into an intellectual property impresario, but I’m fascinated by it. Star Wars not only shaped my world as a child, but it held my hand as I took the first steps into the larger world of cinema. Through reading about the production of Star Wars, »

- Nathan Smith

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