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October 23, 2012

The greatest critic of the last 30 years

Comprehensively jumps the shark. Camille Paglia on George Lucas. I can barely copy and paste these words.

It was never my intention to include George Lucas in Glittering Images. I had planned to end the book on some strong examples of contemporary art. But I couldn’t find any! Everything seemed derivative, reminding me of ten other prior works over the past 200 years. As I was channel surfing during the five years of writing the book, I kept stumbling on the Star Wars films being shown on cable TV. Slowly, step by step, I fell under the spell of the long finale of Revenge of the Sith (2005), which was the last film Lucas directed in the series. It is absolutely spectacular — combining apocalyptic nature with a devastation of industry and the destruction of politics, all interwoven with a passionate light-saber duel (filmed in Australia) and climaxing with a tortured parallel birth and death. Nothing even remotely as powerful has been produced by any of the fine arts — including literature — in the past 30 years.

No. Just no.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 23, 2012 11:47 AM