Michael Heilemann

George Lucas on Comics (1975)

A very rare interview snippet with George Lucas recorded in 1975 in which he talks about his relationship with comics.

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George Lucas on Comics (1975)
Michael Heilemann

The Force Awakens

Wherein the author tries to come to grips with a new generation of Star Wars, and prattles on endlessly about how this entry stacks up against the past.

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The Force Awakens
Michael Heilemann

A Tremor in the Force

On the eve of a new era in Star Wars history, the author takes a short detour into uncovering his relationship to the franchise at large and the new films in particular.

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A Tremor in the Force
Michael Heilemann

Views From a Ridge

Far from a hive of scum and villany, 2001: A Space Odyssey's Clavius Base might well have been the first visual reference for Mos Eisley

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Views From a Ridge
Michael Heilemann

The Birth of R2-D2

How Douglas Trumbull's 1972 low-budget, bleeding heart science fiction classic yielded not just the basic look of, but the humanity of R2-D2 and robots everywhere.

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The Birth of R2-D2
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Edward Summer

Ed was best known for his comic book store and its association with George Lucas. He passed away in 2014.

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Edward Summer
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The Score

John Williams' throwback to romantic adventure films, the most financially successful score of all time, also borrowed from the past.

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The Score
Michael Heilemann

Openings

Short, but sweet mashup video that looks at the opening of Star Wars and its bevy of influences.

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Openings
Michael Heilemann

The Searchers

When it was first released in 1956, John Ford's latest western The Searchers didn't set the world on fire. But it wasn't long before it started its long crawl back into the limelight. And by the late 60s a new generation of film makers, including George Lucas, found renewed inspiration in it.

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The Searchers
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Valérian and Laureline

Following the adventures of spatio-temporal agents Valérian and Laureline as they hurdle through time and space, righting wrongs and getting out of tight jams, Mézières and Christin's trend-setting comic series was lightyears ahead of its time.

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Valérian and Laureline
Michael Heilemann

Kurosawa

With a career stretching almost 60 years, Akira Kurosawa remains one of the most influential directors in the history of the medium. The pinnacle of his popularity however was perfectly timed with a batch of impressionable USC students ready to take on the world, and his impact on George Lucas in particular is the stuff of legends.

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Kurosawa
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Scum and Villainy

A hive of scum and villainy, and nexus of western, middle-eastern and eastern influences.

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Scum and Villainy