Friday, June 17, 2005

Lucas and Spielberg


Check out this article from Slate on the "rivalry" between Lucas and Spielberg:
"The two men first met in 1967, when an 18-year-old Spielberg saw Lucas' debut feature THX 1138 at a student film festival at UCLA. Spielberg had been rejected from UCLA because of poor grades and had enrolled instead in the rudimentary film course at California State College at Long Beach...

"THX 1138, he [Spielberg] said, made him "jealous to the marrow of my bones. I was 18 years old and had directed 15 short films by that time, and this little movie was better than all of my movies combined."

" "Since I'd met Steven, I was curious about the movie and thought I'd sneak upstairs and catch 10 or 15 minutes. Once I started watching I couldn't tear myself away. ... I thought, This guy is really sharp. I've got to get to know him better." [Lucas on Spielberg]

Two movie titans who really did conquer American cinema!