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Old July 14 2013, 11:07 PM   #43
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Re: George Lucas: Star Wars stood on the shoulders of Star Trek

Belz... wrote: View Post
Star Wars is possibly the most influential movie ever made, so yeah, kinda.
That's a very insular viewpoint. It's one of the most influential movies on American cinema in the past 40 years, certainly, but there's more to the world than our narrow slice of it.

Not to mention that Star Wars is also one of the most influenced movies ever made. It was only innovative in the sense that it was a fresh and irreverent take on very familiar, hoary action-adventure tropes. Pretty much everything Lucas does is a smorgasbord of homages to the work of earlier filmmakers. He's a distiller, packager, and popularizer of cultural influence, not a generator of it. He'd be nothing without the many, many other filmmakers he's made a career of pastiching.
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