Many people regard A New Hope as one of the classic SW films. Lucas wrote and directed that.
I agree. I'm talking baout how HE regards them.
Also, 20th Century Fox didn't have a whole lot of influence in the production. One reason for that is because Lucas made the film outside of Hollywood, so the studio could adopt an "out of sight, out of mind" approach regarding the film. Also, Lucas's biggest ally was Alan Ladd, jr, who could go to bat for Lucas anytime the production was threatened. Basically, Lucas made ANH more or less the way he wanted to (except for the effects and scale of everything). The studio were a bunch of jerks to him, but they didn't screw up the film as much as they could've.
I've still read interviews with him where he expressed frustration with the studio who wanted him to add in the Toshi station scene because they hated that the main hero didn't appear until almost 25 min into the movie. And I believe they wanted to see Han a lot earlier as well. There were some minor changes that GL had to obey, but once SW went through the roof he never had to listen to them again.
You're wrong. Lucas wrote all the drafts of ANH
I never said he didn't.
and was satisfied enough with the shooting draft to actually shoot it.
I know. Again, I never said he wasn't.
If there are stylistic differences between all the drafts (and I know there are), it's because Lucas changed revised the story and it's tone with each additional draft.
I agree. But never the less TPM is a lot closer to his first versions of SW then ANH. I'm not saying its better, I'm just saying that stylistically its closer to what he originally invisioned.
The tone of the drafts weren't different because of technological constraints.
Well GL contradicts himself so much in interviews its hard to tell. In some he says he always wanted to do the PT but had to wait for the technology to catch up. In others he says he never planned to do the PT and the episode numbers are just a little wink to old serial movies. In others he says that he wrote the whole saga, but realized that ANH would be the easiest/cheepiest/most commercial viable to do so he started with that one.
In any event, its pretty clear (at least IMHO) that he likes the pT a lot more then the OT, and whatever audiences may think this is how he wants the movies to be, and if the OT had not yet been made, and he was making it now with the technology/money/atonomy that he enjoys now, the OT would be a very different trio of movies and much more in the vein of the prequels.
Personally I enjoy GLs comperimised vision a lot more then his uncomprimised one, but thats just me.
Lucas wrote a scene in one of the original drafts depicting Anakin disappearing into a broom closet with some girl and when he came out, he was straightening his shirt, tucking it in, etc. I haven't seen that in the prequels yet!!
LOL no. Certainly his sensibilities have changed quite a bit, Greedo shooting first is the best example of this. A younger man would probably find it a lot cooler that Han would ice greedo the way he did, but I find even myself at the tender age of 25 becoming more sensitive to violence in movies, and I have no trouble imagining that GL has as well. As for Anakins sexual exploits. It would of been a different saga thats for sure, not nessesarily better, just different.
But then it was GL who wanted Indiana Jones to be a womanizer as well, with a pent house in Manhattan where he seduced his conquests. Spielberg quashed the idea, but GL says that since nothing in the movies says he doesn't have the penthouse, he always assumes that offscreen Indy is a getting a lot of action in Manhattan
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