George Walton Lucas Jr. That’s a name you’ve surely seen – over and over again – in the credits of some of the most successful films in movie history. The shy young man who was born on May 14, 1944 in the city of Modestnorth of Californiaventured to study Movie theater at University of South Carolina, in the 1960s, and it was there that – amazing! – he knew none other than Francis Ford Coppolawith whom he later founded the American Zoetropean institution that aimed to support the creation of independent films outside the Hollywood.
The trajectory of the screenwriter, director and producer George Lucas walks in parallel with the history of world pop culture, and therefore, to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the creator of the universe of ‘Star Wars‘, here are the highlights of his long and prosperous life – pardon the pun. ; )
Industrial Light & Magic (1975)
No, this is not the name of a movie, but of a company, created by George Lucas in order to be able to meet their own visual effects needs in feature films. Yes, that’s the level of perfectionism that the divo has: to create a company because those that exist in the market are not capable of reproducing in an image the megalomania that he has in his head. And it worked out super well, as it remains active in the market and has already been responsible for effects in ‘Jurassic Park’‘Terminator 2‘ and ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron‘, for example. Not bad, huh?
Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – direction, screenplay and production
Technically, this was the third feature in the georgitohowever it was with the success of this one – along with the profit of the previous film, ‘summer madness‘, a dramedy – that he made enough money to start his own company, Lucasfilm. It was also the kick-off that introduced never-before-seen special effects to cinema, taking the viewer to a truly intergalactic experience. It is also in this film that one of the best partnerships in the world of cinema begins: George Lucas and the composer John Williams.
‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980) – executive producer
That was the movie that solidified Darth Vader as one of the greatest villains of all time. It is also in this film that one of the most famous fathers in cinema was revealed, generating one of the most iconic lines of the film industry, and opening the decade that would be filled with pop culture.
‘Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981) – producer and screenwriter
Because in a winning team, you don’t move, and George flame Harrison Ford for an enterprise about adventurous archaeologists who fight evil in the name of protecting the heritage of humanity. Speaking like that, it sounds like a synopsis of a documentary by History Channelbut this is the motto of the franchise Indiana Joneswhich helped to establish Steven Spielberg as one of the greatest directors of Hollywood – and also marked yet another successful industry partnership, as well as one of the longest-running, heartfelt friendships in a lifetime. georgito.
‘Labyrinth: The Magic of Time’ (1986) – producer
A magic movie that has none other than David Bowie in the lead role. But he’s actually the villain, but he’s also the prince of elvesand it’s hard not to fall in love with him. George Lucas was the producer of this beautiful film, because everything that involves fantasy has to have his finger.
‘Willow in the Land of Magic’ (1987) – writer and producer
As said, everything that has magic, has George Lucas in the middle, and in this adventure he was the scriptwriter and producer of the story of a very ugly dwarf – but that also generates attraction and empathy in the viewer, which leaves us with very confused feelings – who finds a human baby and goes through a whole journey to protect it. this child.
After that, George Lucas continued the saga of ‘Star Wars‘, interleaving with ‘Indiana Jones‘. However, along the way, other interesting episodes made a difference in his trajectory, such as the fact that he met the mythologist Joseph Campbellin 1984, when the writer went to give a lecture at the Palace of Fine Artsin San Francisconext to the facilities of the Lucasfilm. George was in the audience and went to greet the speaker at the end of the speech. A deep friendship was born there, since the studies of the hero’s journey from Campbell influenced the way in which Lucas wrote his screenplays, including those for the ‘Star Wars‘. The friendship also yielded a memorable interview with cambell for the journalist Bill Moyers at the Skywalker Ranch, in George Lucasat Californiawhich would later become the book ‘The Power of Myth‘ – one of the most cult books by writers worldwide.
Among the most recent events, one of the news that shook the cinematographic world was the announcement that George Lucas made in 2012 that he would sell the Lucasfilm to the disneywhich meant that the deductible of skywalkers would become the company’s Mickey Mouse. The sale reached the value of US$4.05 billion and, as much as many fans did not like the transaction at first, the fact is that, thanks to this sale, today we can enjoy the theme parks of Star Wars (the first one will be opened at the end of May, in Parque da California).
As you can see, George Lucas is a name of fundamental importance not only to the movie industry, but to pop culture in general. Despite this, to this day George Lucas never received one Oscar, although it has been named a few times. Could it be that now, after turning 78, the Academy Are you going to start considering finally giving him a statuette, if only for the whole work? Scenes from the next chapters…