STAR WARS: EPISODE III
REVENGE OF THE SITH
GEORGE LUCAS (Writer/Director, Executive Producer) first attracted
attention for his filmmaking abilities as a student at the University of
Southern California, when his short film Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB won
the top award at the National Student Film Festival.
In 1971, using San Francisco production studio American Zoetrope and
long-time friend Francis Ford Coppola as executive producer, Lucas transformed
the short film into his first feature, the stunningly prescient THX 1138.
His follow-up, the low-budget American Graffiti (1973), became the most
successful film of its time. But it was Lucas' third film, 1977's Star Wars,
that changed everything. A deceptively simple morality tale of good versus evil
told across a fantastic landscape of exotic planets and bizarre creatures, Star
Wars became an international phenomenon. Refusing to accept the limitations of
filmmaking at the time, Lucas created his own visual effects company, Industrial
Light & Magic, to make his vision a reality.
Lucas has been storywriter and executive producer of a series of box-office
hits beginning in the 1980s, starting with the continuation of the Star Wars
saga, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. In 1981,
he created the classic adventurer Indiana Jones, star of three classic
box-office hits as well as a television series, The Young Indiana Jones
Chronicles, which won 12 Emmy Awards.
Throughout the 1980s, Lucas helped bring to the screen an array of films as
diverse as Willow, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and Mishima, and helped create
unforgettable Disney theme park attractions.
Lucas returned to directing in 1999 with Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom
Menace. Three years later, Episode II Attack of the Clones, was the first major
live-action movie to be shot entirely digitally. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge
of the Sith is the movie that completes Lucas's Star Wars saga.
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