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Friday 28 March 2014, 11:41

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I’m always accusing George Lucas of being a terrible director and yet I love American Graffiti. Why does this deeply nostalgic film continue to shine?

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    Comment number 1.

    Also remember that Lucas was left in charge of the post production of Jurassic Park while Spielberg started filming Schindler's List. He hardly ruined that movie either.

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    Comment number 2.

    I was about to say "most Director's rarely mess up when the subject matter is close to their heart", then I remembered Lucas usually only does work he cares about. Go figure.

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    Comment number 3.

    sorry for the incorrect apostrophe, as Dr Dave Bowman may have said "blame the computer"

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    Comment number 4.

    Mark Kermode has definitely somewhat changed his opinion about both Lucas and American Graffiti. At one point he talked about American Graffiti and while he mentioned if favourably, he also said that the only film in which Lucas really showed some directing skills was in THX 1138 (truly a fantastic sci-fi film). Seems like Mark has rewatched the film and embraces it now more warmly than before. That said, I definitely agree that American Graffiti is a great American film which seems to capture the period of time that it's set in (though I wasn't even born then) better than most similar films.

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    Comment number 5.

    If Mark doesn't like Star Wars, fine. But the fact remains that even if you hate it it is THE film that divided cinema history into two kind of BC/AD epochs and as such a landmark. Hardly the work of a poor director, in my opinion.

    I like American Graffiti, but Star Wars is the film Lucas will be remembered for.


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