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DIRECTOR IS STARRY-EYED OVER ITALIAN PALACE IN NEW FILM

George Lucas has a flair for the futuristic in his "Star Wars" films. For his dream house, he'd look to the past.

An 18th-century palace here caught his eye.

The director came to this city 20 miles north of Naples to shoot the opening scene of a new "Star Wars" film against the backdrop of the Royal Palace.

The palace, known as the Versailles of Naples for its splendor, was built by Charles III. It boasts four courtyards, marble decorations and fountain-studded gardens.

Asked what kind of place he would pick for his dream house, the director gave a thumbs-up to the palace.

"It's like being in paradise," Lucas said.

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