The People vs George Lucas
DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRE O. PHILIPPE
USA/UK, 2010, 93 MIN
IN ENGLISH, FRENCH, JAPANESE, SPANISH, AND GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled, but when it comes to George Lucas himself, many have found their fervor has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship. This hilarious, heartfelt doc is a no-holds-barred, completely uncensored, yet balanced cultural examination of the conflicted dynamic between the legendary filmmaker and his fans over the past three decades. The innovative film combines filmmaker and celebrity interviews with wildly entertaining fan films—submitted via the film’s site—to make this feature documentary a truly global experience. Packed with impassioned exchanges, stop-motion and 3D animation, Super-8 filmed action figures, puppet rants, and many other surprises, this unique investigation into the man and a universe that defined a generation asks all the tough questions: Has Lucas betrayed his masterwork? Are diehards too old and jaded to appreciate The Phantom Menace? Did Greedo shoot first? And above all, who truly owns that galaxy far, far away—the man who created it or the fans who love it?