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Wednesday, May 18 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Escaping Modesto: George Lucas, Film Auteur, and the Alteration of Movie History

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This video essay analyzes the early filmography of George Lucas as a critique of auteur theory. Dissecting THX 1138 (1971), American Graffiti (1973), and Star Wars (1977) based on their autobiographic qualities, this short documentary investigates the advantages and disadvantages of reviewing a complicated cinematic work through the lens of an individual author. Analysis will focus on Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and his reputation for controversially altering his works through special edition re-releases, calling into question the sanctity of theatrical releases and the confines of a film auteur. Does a filmmaker, particularly one whose films are drawn from personal experience, have the right to restrict access to their original works by substituting theatrical releases with director endorsed re-edits? “Escaping Modesto” attempts to answer this.


Krister Persson

Undergraduate, Film and Video Studies


Asad Farooqui

Mentor, Film and Video Studies

Justin Daering

Mentor, Film and Video Studies

Wednesday May 18, 2022 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) - Ballrooms B&C

Attendees (4)