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It’s no secret that many films have been lost to the ravages of time -- an estimated 90 percent of American films made before 1929 are believed to gone forever -- but it’s hard to believe that an influential short film released in 1980 in front of showings of “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back” could be missing. But that’s exactly what happened though...until now. Wired is reporting that the original negative of “Star Wars” art director Roger Christian’s directorial debut, the 25-minute short film “Black Angel,” has been located. The short film, which boasted George Lucas' “financial assistance," follows "a knight returning from the Crusades who is transported to a mystical realm where he must rescue a princess from a black knight." After its initial run in front of the theatrical screenings of the 'Empire' in Europe and Australia, the short film faded into history despite. »

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