Check out this rare, 1971 interview with a pre-Star Wars George Lucas

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Dec 10, 2014, 6:42 PM EST (Updated)

Before he was the billionaire mastermind behind Star Wars, George Lucas was just another up-and-coming director trying to make a name for himself. Want to hear his take on moviemaking a full six years before Star Wars opened?

A PBS interview conducted in 1971 with a 27-year-old George Lucas has surfaced, conducted by film journalist Gene Youngblood on Los Angeles Public Television Station KCET. At the time, Lucas had just finished his first feature film, THX 1138

The interview is a rare, lengthy chat with Lucas before he found fame and fortune — and it’s fascinating to listen to him talk about everything from his tenets for filmmaking (at the time) and the economics of the business to the use of then-experimental equipment while making THX 1138

Just think — when this interview was done, he was essentially just some random young'un trying to make a name for himself, talking about learning and growing and admiring Francis Ford Coppola. Check it out below:

(Via Eyes on Cinema)

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