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Star Wars Fans Cry Foul in The People vs. George Lucas

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“George, I love you,” says a long-suffering Star Wars fan in this exclusive clip from The People vs. George Lucas DVD extras. “I make fun of you, I rip on what you’ve done lately, because I care. Because I love you. But as fans, we’re getting sick of it.”

That’s the kind of tough love that fills director Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary about the visionary filmmaker and his legion of fans, many of whom have become disgruntled due to Lucas’ seemingly never-ending need to tweak his films.

Lashing together interviews with geek celebrities and more than 600 hours of footage submitted by Star Wars fans, The People vs. George Lucas, which will be released Tuesday on DVD, serves as both indictment and celebration of the man behind the world’s most popular sci-fi movies.

Coming just a month after the release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga — a Blu-ray package with more changes that left some fans screaming, “Noooooooo!!” — The People vs. George Lucas could be just the balm needed to salve fresh wounds.

An entertaining swirl of nostalgia and nerdy vitriol, the movie successfully transports viewers back to the days when Star Wars was new and fresh, and an engrossing sci-fi empire was being born.

It also makes a pretty persuasive argument that Lucas should accept the offer made by one reasonable-sounding fan in the video clip above to provide the director with an unvarnished look at the backlash.

“Give me a call,” says the man, one of several passionate fans interviewed at a comic book convention by the People vs. George Lucas crew. “I’ll buy you a beer. I’ll tell you everything that you’ve done wrong and I’ll work with you to fix it. We can make this happen.”


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