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There was a “buy-and-download-to-keep” option when this film first came out, and I have a high-definition version saved. When I tried playing it back on my TV using its “play MP4 videos over its USB port” option, though, there was an error message, and I still need to get around to watching it on my computer…
In recent days there is happening even more sinister thing than mindless anti-Lucas or anti-Prequels statements: time and again I read in headlines: “from creators of Star Wars”. Creators – in plural. It is the first step to depersonalization of “Star Wars”. They go any length to make people forget that “Star Wars” is a personal view of George Lucas. What’s more, even now there are people who honestly believe that a personal view of George Lucas is a sickness of “Star Wars” and now it is becoming healthy again under supervision of fans!
How long, I wonder, it will take to remover “The creator of Star Wars is George Lucas” title from all future productions? On the other hand, it may be a justifiable removal, because all future productions won’t be a representation of the world created by George Lucas. Not in spirit, anyway.
A look at how Gene Roddenberry’s name is or is not associated with Star Trek these days may be instructive. Though it’s not quite a parallel situation, as Roddenberry was never the target of as much fan animosity as Lucas has been.
I know there have been some efforts to say “Gene Roddenberry wasn’t the only person responsible for Star Trek” (and he was a writer and producer, not a director or film editor), but at times I’m troubled by the thought he died before massive online presences reinforced negativity and fed it to the outside world, to say nothing of the possibility some may not start missing George Lucas until he’s gone and the whole cycle of new-era movies has burned itself out…
At the same time, I suppose I can wonder a bit about how much we adhere to “auteur theory” in the face of some trying to assign George Lucas none of the credit and all of the blame. It’s not that I want to go against it just out of a contrarian streak, but it could be interesting to strengthen some of our points by being able to say “there’s always been collaboration in the making of the saga.”
The difference between “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” is that “Star Wars” is a STORY which is happening in a fictional world, whereas “Star Trek” is a WORLD in which are happening various stories, sometimes hardly connected or relevant to each other.
Even with all the richness of all Lucas-approved books, comics or electronic games, it is almost always about the main story told in Six Episodes. However distant those narratives may branch themselves from the main story, they always have a root in it.
As for collaborative process in moviemaking, George Lucas told exactly how he works in Prequels documentaries such as “The Beginning” and “From Puppets to Pixels”, and “All I Need Is An Idea”.
From a documentary about the making of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV-series, one may learn that Gene Roddenberry was somewhat forcefully pushed away from a creative process. His ideas seemed too old-fashioned to new generation of creators. So he became a sort of inspector checking quality the work of others. But was he content with his new position?
Yet let us not forget that he sold his idea to other people who simply allowed him to play with it using theirs money. When they decided they don’t like him anymore, they forbid him to play with his own idea.
The same happened with George Lucas right from the start once he sold his idea to other people. They decided they know better than he, and he can do nothing about it.
So in my opinion the mentioning of initial authorship in movie credits is a moral issue, primarily. The people who create new things must be honest with themselves. They inherited vast treasure, and they never tell from whom (even though everybody knows it). It is a moral crime – not an issue for lawsuits. Whatever the final result may be the main point for me that they consciously decided to work against their benefactor’s will and smear his name with lies.
Fortunately all this is happening in USA. Ordinary moviegoers and even “Star Wars” fans in my country don’t know about these things. For the young generation the Prequels are the main thing. Everyone I asked disliked Episode VII for being a repetition of previous ideas. Many children prefer to play somewhat dated “Star Wars: Outcast” than new “Star Wars: Battlefront”. So the quality is proving itself.
I hope all will be well with George Lucas, and he’ll finally build his museum in Los Angeles.