Monday, 28 October 2013
COMING SOON TO UK TV: GEORGE LUCAS IN 'HOLLYWOOD's BEST FILM DIRECTORS'
The enjoyable US HOLLYWOOD'S BEST FILM DIRECTORS documentary season which kicked off on the UK's SKY ARTS 1 channel last month turns its 28th November (9.30pm) spotlight on George Lucas, in a lively career overview of his directorial work on THX-1138, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, the original STAR WARS and its later Prequels- talking about how he had to fight the decrepit and powerful Hollywood studio system, the challenges of getting STAR WARS made, how he was lured back to the Prequels by the rapidly advancing technology, and other things besides. Alongside this is some extensive behind the scenes footage from the Classic STAR WARS Trilogy, most of it culled from the EMPIRE OF DREAMS documentary of a few years back, though a few little bits here and there seem slightly longer by a few seconds or so. Plus rare audition footage of Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat and others that I'd never seen before from AMERICAN GRAFFITI.
All in all, its well worth a look. For fans of that other sci-fi hit inspired from the success of STAR WARS, 1979's classic ALIEN, a Ridley Scott interview/career overview precedes Lucas on the 21st.
Hollywood's Best Film Directors
With thanks to SKY ARTS 1 for the heads-up...