Watch: Long Lost 1980 Companion Short to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 1:54PM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 1:54PM
Watch: Long Lost 1980 Companion Short to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
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Black Angel, the directorial debut of the Oscar-winning Star Wars art director Roger Christian, was shown ahead of The Empire Strikes Back in the UK, Australia, and Scandinavia during its 1980 theatrical run. It was never released on any home media, and the negatives of the film were believed to be lost for many years. Then, the original negatives were finally rediscovered in 2011, and the filmmaker has uploaded the full movie to Youtube to satisfy every Star Wars fan's curiosity:



Although the 25-minute fantasy epic takes place in a different universe than Star Wars, there is a direct creative connection between the two works. George Lucas not only chose this film, but commissioned it specifically to screen ahead of The Empire Strikes Back after hearing Christian's pitch. So although it's not technically part of the Star Wars canon, it can still be considered a tonal companion.

The official synopsis for the film reads: 

A knight returns home from the Crusades only to find his village devastated by disease and his family gone. He roams the forest searching for them, until he finds a mysterious maiden in a lake who asks him to kill the evil black knight.

Black Angel has screened at two festivals so far, and will be available free on Youtube for the rest of the month.

Via THR.
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