Duvall, Donald Pleasance, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Sid Haig
1971, 88 Minutes, Directed by: George Lucas
Description: George Lucas's enigmatic
feature film debut expands on a student film he made at USC. Created under
the wing of producer Francis Ford Coppola, this movie is a bleak vision of a
world in which technology, not man, is the ultimate dictator. Efficiency
overrides every other aspect of human life, as people are reduced to code
names and their lives are contained, monitored, and manipulated for the sake
of the system.
George (Star Wars) Lucas's
directorial debut - a psychedelic pic about a future dystopia in which the population is
forced to live in underground cities controlled by computers. Sex is forbidden,
everybody looks the same and its human denizens are force fed drugs to keep them docile. A
couple (Robert Duvall and Maggie McOmie) defies the system by not only starting an affair,
but by trying to escape to the the outside world.
Obviously a very bleak
affair, the film draws heavily on Orwell's 1984.
George Lucas expanded
one of his student projects (a prize-winning featurette he made at USC) to make THX
1138, which is interesting to watch because of its almost hallucinogenic visual sense
and off-beat sound effects. Dramatic interest do however waver at times because of this
and a screenplay which, when you think about it, isn't too original.
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: You
worship the very ground George Lucas walks on and you've seen
Return of the Jedi more times than you can be bothered with to count,
but have you ever seen Lucas' directorial debut - a bleak 1984
type of affair?
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