Thursday, May 14, 2015

Short Film: Black Angel

"Black Angel" directed by Roger Christian

"Black Angel" is a short fantasy film with an interesting history.  The thirty-four year-old short film was directed by Roger Christian, the Oscar-winning art director of Star Wars and AlienGeorge Lucas commissioned the film to debut in as a matinee with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in theaters across Europe. 

Since it's release, the film has had an enormous influence on sword and sorcery movies, including John Boorman's Excalibur, which adopted Christian's cinematography techniques wholesale.  In fact, Lucas even even employed Christian's "step-printing" technique to in The Empire Strikes Back's lightsaber duels.

The reason you've never seen this influential short is that it was lost for decades until just recently.
"Accompanied by an exclusive introduction from the director Roger Christian, the incredible fantasy short returns. It was first released in certain cinemas ahead of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Lost for 35 years, it has been found and restored to its former glory."

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