Why don't people like George Lucas

George Lucas turns 75Above all: star warriors

It goes as it should, because less is not about the eternal struggle between good and evil. Even if these happenings here ...


... does not take place in a distant galaxy.

"Can you get R2D out of the garden shed?"

Why actually garden shed? Well, it's all about pop culture, and the R2D2 doesn't sound like that ...


... this R2D2, our newly acquired cordless vacuum cleaner - in personal union a film-historical bow - sounds like this: vacuum cleaner

In the film business because he loved films

A central figure from the "Star Wars" saga was a beeping something, R2D2, this ingenious little computer that always gave Luke Skywalker the life-saving navigation data at the right moment. In fact, designed after a vacuum cleaner. Adorable. Speaking of love: George Lucas always wanted to make films ...

George Lucas: "Simply make films that people like."

... who like the people who entertain them ...

"That entertain them."

That's why, he later said, he was in the film business: Because he loved films.

"And that why we were in the business. We liked the movies."

Whether the native Californian who previously shot "THX 1138" - a grandiose, dark science fiction parable - or the subtle youth drama "American Graffiti", invented pop culture with "Star Wars" in 1977, may be left open, but the popcorn Blockbuster cinema began here, including the first digital effects and pompous and brilliant THX cinema sound.

As well as the merchandising!

The characters like Luke Skywalker or Han Solo or - yes, just - R2D2 enthusiastic moviegoers of all ages, and they wanted to lead laser sword duels with the cute guys in the distant galaxy of their home. In 2005, Forbes Magazine estimated the 28-year Star Wars merchandising revenue to be approximately $ 20 billion.

George Lucas is 75 (dpa)

Originally, George Lucas had designed "Star Wars" as a film, but the 1977 success of "Star Wars" was followed by "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi".

Silly to exciting, detailed to imaginative popcorn cinema with a mythological undercurrent, which told the heroic journey of Luke Skywalker, who, like Odysseus or Parzival once defeated evil. In the shape of his own father Darth Vader.

"The power is strong in my family."

In essence, this star saga is about family problems, Lucas said later:

"And it's all about family problems. It's not about spaceships."

... it's not about spaceships.

Soulless computer image orgy

Filmmaker Lucas wanted to leave it at that, only to announce a new trilogy in the mid-1990s that would become a soulless computer image orgy in three parts. And that was just the beginning of the expansion of the universe with new trilogies, spin-offs and and and.

George Lucas, however, got out himself in 2012. He sold the "Star Wars" rights to Disney for four billion dollars. The filmmaker, who turns 75 today, is now producing experimental films. For themselves! So George Lucas is still pursuing his dream of making the films he wants to see. Because he was never interested, he says in retrospect whether what he did would be a hit or not ...

"I didn't care whether it was a hit or not a hit."

... he made the film for the sake of the film.

"I wanted to make this movie as a movie."

Other aficionados may whisper in the "Game of Thrones" series tone when the temperatures drop: "Winter is coming!" But when I go to the hardware store - there are some, I know: Hornbach, Hagebau, of course - "Honey, we still need Spax screws."

I don't just go to Obi:

"Are you going to Obin-Wan's ..."

... Kenobi. Kenobi. Do you understand?! The noble Jedi Knight.

"The Force will be with you, always" - Thank you, Obi-Wan Kenobi!