Title

Escaping Modesto: George Lucas, Film Auteur, and the Alteration of Movie History

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

https://source2022.sched.com/

Start Date

18-5-2022

End Date

18-5-2022

Keywords

Film Auteur, Movie Altercation, Biography

Abstract

This video essay analyzes the early filmography of George Lucas as a critique of auteur theory. Dissecting THX 1138 (1971), American Graffiti (1973), and Star Wars (1977) based on their autobiographic qualities, this short documentary investigates the advantages and disadvantages of reviewing a complicated cinematic work through the lens of an individual author. Analysis will focus on Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and his reputation for controversially altering his works through special edition re-releases, calling into question the sanctity of theatrical releases and the confines of a film auteur. Does a filmmaker, particularly one whose films are drawn from personal experience, have the right to restrict access to their original works by substituting theatrical releases with director endorsed re-edits? “Escaping Modesto” attempts to answer this.

The author's introduction when screening this film can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Yu9LSaZMpx8?t=605

Faculty Mentor(s)

Asad Farooqui, Justin Daering

Department/Program

Film and Video Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Film and Video Studies

Streaming Media

Share

COinS
 
May 18th, 12:00 AM May 18th, 12:00 AM

Escaping Modesto: George Lucas, Film Auteur, and the Alteration of Movie History

This video essay analyzes the early filmography of George Lucas as a critique of auteur theory. Dissecting THX 1138 (1971), American Graffiti (1973), and Star Wars (1977) based on their autobiographic qualities, this short documentary investigates the advantages and disadvantages of reviewing a complicated cinematic work through the lens of an individual author. Analysis will focus on Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and his reputation for controversially altering his works through special edition re-releases, calling into question the sanctity of theatrical releases and the confines of a film auteur. Does a filmmaker, particularly one whose films are drawn from personal experience, have the right to restrict access to their original works by substituting theatrical releases with director endorsed re-edits? “Escaping Modesto” attempts to answer this.

The author's introduction when screening this film can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Yu9LSaZMpx8?t=605

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2022/CAH/16