George Lucas & Robert Redford's Hour and a Half Sundance Panel

February 11, 2015

George Lucas & Robert Redford

If you missed all our coverage from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, you can still check out everything right here, from our reviews to our favorites of the fest. Considering there were so many films bought from the indie showcase, you'll be able to see many of the films we saw as the year progresses. But while you wait, you can experience at least one part of the film festival experience right now: an in-depth discussion about independent cinema with festival founder Robert Redford and indie filmmaker turned blockbuster giant George Lucas. They talk about the state of Hollywood, a little bit about Star Wars and more. Watch now!

Here's the Power of Story: Visions of Independence panel from Sundance (via The Film Stage):

George Lucas & Robert Redford

Check out all our coverage from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival right here.

One of the more provocative and eye-rolling points that Lucas makes during the panel is, "A lot of movies you see today are circus movies. Let’s see how much blood comes out when he splats. It's now gotten to be more and more circus than substance.” That's rich coming from the guy who made the Star Wars prequels which lacked substance entirely, but he adds, "I get blamed for a lot of that. If you go into Star Wars and see what’s going on there, there’s a lot more substance than circus.” That may be true of the original Star Wars trilogy, but certainly not of the prequels. For more from Lucas and Redford, watch the whole panel above.

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I'm waiting for the special edition of this video...

TheOct8pus on Feb 11, 2015


"Lack of substance" isn't really the problem with the prequels, though. They were full of ideas that actually add quite a bit to the thematic structure of the saga as a whole; they were just poorly executed on nearly every level as films. I love discussing them... I don't love watching them.

Ali Miller on Feb 11, 2015


So true. So many lofty goals for those movies that just fell short....and way too much filler for no reason....

TheOct8pus on Feb 11, 2015


If the ideas were poorly executed, then that makes the substance insignificant and thus still lacking in it.

Ethan Anderton on Feb 11, 2015


I cant take this video seriously until there are dozens of pointless CG elements added to it...oh and Redford is replaced with a retarded rabbit

SalsaBandit on Feb 11, 2015


In awe of Redford. Seems like such a cool guy. Lucas...forever rocking to his own beat.

DAVIDPD on Feb 11, 2015


Lol. "You don't want to be oppressed by people who aren't as smart as you." I love the way Lucas bashes the Hollywood establishment.Testify!

Cal J. on Feb 15, 2015

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