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In praise of George Lucas

The Star Wars phenomenon has been one of the few Hollywood bright spots of the past 20 years-well-made, uncynical films in which the good guys win

By John Podhoretz   July 1999

Movie critics don’t like the new Star Wars movie-Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace-or perhaps it’s better to say that they were so sick of hearing about it, that they wished the picture ill from the moment it began. The film has dominated conversation for months. Editors and reporters have endlessly sought new angles on the phenomenon while labouring entirely in the dark about it. My own newspaper, the New York Post, began publishing a story a day on the film six weeks before its US premiere in mid-May (it comes to Britain in mid-July).

But hype is a…

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