Watch the Student Film That Launched George Lucas' Career

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 10:58AM
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 10:58AM
Watch the Student Film That Launched George Lucas' Career
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For most of the world, George Lucas is the man that gave us Star Wars.

Of all the things he has done in his career as a writer, director, and founder of Lucasfilm, it's that property that will be mentioned in the headlines when he dies and that will adorn tribute sites around the world.

Six years before taking us to a galaxy far, far away, Lucas premiered his first sci-fi feature film, THX 1138

That project began as a short which Lucas created as a film student at USC, and for the first time it is available to be streamed online this week.

Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138 4EB  was posted to the Dust channel's Facebook page as a part of USC's Student Week.

The short film is 14 minutes and 17 seconds, and it tells the story of a man on the run through a maze in a dystopian future world. 

Don Natchsheim plays the titular character (1138) and is also listed as the editor on the film, George Lucas was the writer and director, F.E. Zip Zimmerman the cinematographer, and Daniel Tueth did sound.

Obviously, the production value of the 1967 short was much less than the feature that followed in 1971, but if you've seen the movie you'll be able to see how George Lucas' themes and ideas changed and evolved for the longer format.

According to io9, this film will only be available online for the next couple days leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so study it now while you can.

In 2010, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry so it will hopefully be around forever, but who knows when the public will have access to it again.
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Watch the Student Film That Launched George Lucas' Career