Watch: 1997 Profile on George Lucas with Harrison Ford and More
Thanks to the power of the Internet, there are a slew of cool old documentaries online, looking at some of the most iconic filmmakers. Recently Steven Spielberg was highlighted from an old BBC program, and this time it's his longtime friend and collaborator George Lucas who was profiled in a BBC Omnibus called George Lucas: Flying Solo. The 50-minute piece looks at the early years of Lucas' career, including clips from his earliest 16mm short films. One interesting section with Francis Ford Coppola hypothesizes the path of Lucas if the Star Wars trilogy hadn't completely changed the trajectory of the director's career. Watch!
Here's the BBC Omnibus George Lucas: Flying Solo, originally found via The Playlist:
Of course, for Star Wars fans, there's plenty of goodies about Lucas as well since this was made around the time the Special Editions were hitting theaters. Trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels have some talking heads on the lead-up to the blockbuster that became one of the greatest sci-fi sagas. In addition, Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner is also featured. It's an interesting look at Lucas as an amateur filmmaker and how Star Wars changed everything, for better or worse. Cool?