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George Lucas: A Life
by Brian Jay Jones
560 pages
Little, Brown, and Company
Release Date: December 6, 2016

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The “real” Star Wars movie is the first movie I can remember seeing in an actual theater.  It also happens to be on my list of “The 5 Movies I Would Save if the World Were Going to End” along with Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Now, the author of the critically-acclaimed 2013 “Jim Hensen: The Biography” has written a biography of the personality behind Indiana Jones and Luke Skywalker.  His biography of George Lucas is out today (December 6th).

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From the publisher:

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.”

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