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GEORGE LUCAS GOT HIS START IN CAR PORN

By 12.03.08

Someone at Vodcars recently dug up George Lucas’ 1966 senior thesis film at USC (watch the video after the jump), a dialogue-free short called A Man and His Car or 1:42:08. It’s basically just some nicely edited footage of Australian racecar driver Peter Brock (who died in 2006) speeding his Lotus 23 around the track at Willow Springs Raceway outside Lancaster.  Lucas’ wikipedia page mentions him having a boner for cinema verité at the time, and it shows (the influence, not his actual boner).

It’s only eight minutes or so long, but it plays to all of Lucas’ strengths, namely, filming things that go vroom, rather than say, actual human interaction.  You really sense his passion for cars, which I suppose isn’t surprising when you consider that he sleeps in a racecar bed.  And the benefit of it being shot in 1966 is that he didn’t have the technology to add all those CG family-of-gophers reaction shots he wanted.

The actual film begins at 1:16.

Thanks to RoboPanda for the tip.


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