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George Lucas: The Entire D5 Interview With Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher


I will refrain from making may-the-force-be-with- you puns here, except to say famed film director George Lucas has some pretty powerful things to say, as you will see in the video below.

D: All Things Digital, the annual tech and media conference Walt Mossberg and I host, has been sold out with a long wait list every year we have put it on.

That has meant only a few hundred people can see the interviews we do live onstage with some of the tech and media industry’s most interesting and important players.

The lineups have included Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs, as well as Eric Schmidt of Google, IAC’s Barry Diller, Meg Whitman of eBay, Cisco’s John Chambers and many others.

We usually post the photos and videos of the interviews six or more months after they take place on a separate conference site. This year, our Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski liveblogged D5 and also posted video highlights from all of the sessions immediately on our newly launched site here.

Now, we are posting videos of every session of the 2007 conference here, in full, and we have made all our photo galleries, hosted by SmugMug and mostly shot by our fabulous Asa Mathat, public too. You can also access our videos via the site’s master player here.

Everyday, I am going to highlight a different interview from the conference. And, today, we bring you George Lucas, who describes Internet sites like YouTube as a circus (and not in a good way) and compared its content to throwing a puppy on a highway.

(Better still, Lucas had spent the night before at the opening party slapping around YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, which they seemed to enjoy coming from their icon.)

We also liked his advice to hedge-fund guys investing in Hollywood: “The last thing you want to do is invest in the film business. The hedge-fund guys want to, but they just want the producer credits and the girls. And there are cheaper ways of getting both.”

And there are also some very cool demos from Lucasfilm and his video game unit.

Here it is: