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For the Love of Chewbacca 

Wednesday, Oct 13 2010
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When it comes to hardcore devotion, the Star Wars set is about as fanatical as it gets. We heard about one guy who broke up with his girlfriend because she said the Phantom Menace really kind of sucked – especially when compared with the first three films. As it turns out, she might not be in a minority, even among devotees of that Galaxy Far Far Away. Hundreds of Star Wars fans were interviewed and described their love-hate relationship with director Georg Lucas, mostly because he chose to produce the three "prequel" movies after the original trio. How do we know this? A group of filmmakers made a documentary about it, of course. It’s called the People vs. George Lucas (take that, Larry Flynt!), and it’s part of the SF Documentary Festival. (www.sfindie.com) It’s described as “hilarious and heartfelt,” taking on the cultural legacy of Lucas. In addition to footage from the interviews, it documents people’s obsession with Star Wars through the creations in song, claymation, puppetry, needlepoint, and Legos. It begs the question: Who truly owns Star Wars? George Lucas, or the fans who’ve made it a way of life?
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