George Lucas in Love VHS
This live-action short film mines comic gold from sly conjecture: three days before graduation in 1967, USC film student George Lucas (Martin Hynes) is still struggling with his unfinished script for an "agricultural space tragedy," fending off interruptions from a bong-toting stoner roommate and a pretentious, black-clad neighbor and rival whose pompous threats of industry domination are interrupted by noisy applications of his asthma inhaler. Just when Lucas seems at wit's end, his chance encounter with Marion (Lisa Jakub), an admiring student radical with a distinctive coiffure employing twin buns, provides the filmmaker with the key: "Write what you know."
Thus, director and cowriter Joe Nussbaum deftly and affectionately parodies Shakespeare in Love while skewering the ubiquitous Star Wars mythos in only eight minutes. This droll confection gets all the details right, from its late-'60s countercultural backdrop to a score that nimbly weaves bursts of John Williams-like symphonic bombast with tremulous, neo-Elizabethan chamber motifs. Crisply shot and edited, the film even employs the lateral wipes and keyhole dissolves Lucas resurrected from '30s serials for his epochal space opera. For Star Wars buffs and film fans in general, George Lucas in Love proves a delight. --Sam Sutherland
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My favorite character is the Yoda-like one. If you listen to the directors commentary you will learn that the actor had never seen SW before... hard to believe given his performance.
The DVD version of this short film includes a short commentary by the film's creators, an enhanced version of the film (basically a pop-up video trivia veiwing), a short "making of" documentary, chapter search, and a "special" secret feature (the code number is 1138). For being a short film, a lot of these features seem redundant. However, they fit in with the spirit of the film and make the DVD that much more entertaining.
Also included on the DVD are three other shorts. EVIL HILL is a parody of the Austin Powers films and the movie NOTTING HILL. A young Mr. Evil (he's not a doctor yet) is treated like a monster by the people in his small town in Bavaria. However, one day Marilyn Monroe wanders into his children's book store and his life is changed forever.
FILM CLUB is a parody of the movie FIGHT CLUB. If you haven't seen the movie, this short parody will make no sense whatsoever. The final short is SWING BLADE, a parody of SLING BLADE and SWINGERS. That short is filmed as a coming attraction and shows what would happen if Karl from SLING BLADE moves to L.A. and hooks up with the gang from SWINGERS.
Overall, a highly entertaining DVD that fans of STAR WARS and/or film buffs will enjoy.
The only problem with this short - is that it is too short. You will have to watch this about 10 times in a row just to fill your thirst for it. This will leave you laughing every time.
The DVD is well done, but the rest of the shorts on the DVD are merely OK. The extras are nice and really worth watching.
What's the cost for the video - about the price of a Big Mac these days? I'd gladly pay double for the fun this has been at parties and when friends come over. I don't have this much fun with a lot of commercial sludge that's out on the big screen, that's for sure! Well worth it ... but see for yourself!
An asthmatically sinister neighbor who sounds surprisingly similar to Darth Vader; a hairy friend who groans like Chewbacca; a college student who beeps and bleeps like R2D2 with his tall friend who answers him like C-3PO; a girl with very interesting hair buns on either side of her head, who is leading a rebellion; a teacher who talks backwards, and just when he almost starts to make sense, he says, "Too much have I already said." They manage to cram all that and so much more into 9 minutes of hilarious movie. I especially like the twist at the end (and you'll have to watch the movie to find out what it is). :-)
This is the story of George Lucas' inspiration for writing "Star Wars" a la Shakespeare in Love.
This video is great! It's also nice to watch it on video, since in the past (before I got the video) I watched it online, and every time, I ran into net congestion. No net congestion with a video. :-)
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I was not disappointed, I loved every star wars reference this little gem has.Read more