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George Lucas’ Short ‘Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138’ To Digitally Premiere On Dust

George Lucas’ Short ‘Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138’ To Digitally Premiere On Dust
Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi brand Dust has announced that it will digitally premiere George Lucas’ 1967 student short film, Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb. The short will make its premiere on Dec. 11 to align with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — a franchise that started as a brainchild of Lucas. The news comes after a year of Dust’s launch. The release of one of Lucas’ first film projects is part of a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where…
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George Lucas’ First Film Project ‘Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138’ Gets Digital Release

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George Lucas’ First Film Project ‘Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138’ Gets Digital Release
Fifty years ago in a galaxy not so far away, a USC film student named George Lucas made a sci-fi short film for his university project called “Electronic Labyrinth: Thx-1138 4Eb,” which launched a film career unlike any other. Now, as the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” draws near, “Electronic Labyrinth” will get its digital premiere on the Facebook channel Dust. Gunpowder & Sky’s burgeoning sci-fi brand Dust, which features sci-fi shorts from up and coming filmmakers, will release a new short every day from the USC School of Cinematic Arts leading up to Dec. 11, when “Electronic Labyrinth” makes.
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Kanye and Eisenstein walk into a Methodist Church: The paradoxes of George Lucas

It might seem like an odd thing to say about one of the world’s wealthiest men, but George Lucas has gotten the shaft. Not to whine, but we always talk about him as a cult leader, a businessman, or an Emperor Palpatine impersonator; never as an actual film artist. Part of that’s understandable, as Lucas has spent more of his career producing other people’s work or licensing his own than he has actually making movies. But the lack of serious critical conversation about his filmography bums me out. It’s difficult to reckon Lucas’ roots as an abstract, non-narrative filmmaker with his transformation into an intellectual property impresario, but I’m fascinated by it. Star Wars not only shaped my world as a child, but it held my hand as I took the first steps into the larger world of cinema. Through reading about the production of Star Wars,
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12 sci-fi and horror shorts turned into feature films

From low-budget dystopias to grungy horror, here are 12 shorts that became films such as Evil Dead, Twelve Monkeys and The Babadook.

The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.

Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.

The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons,
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How George Lucas brought Star Wars to the screen

George Lucas' 1974 rough draft of Star Wars is now a Titan comic book. Ryan charts the script's evolution from page to screen classic...

It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.

All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.

Last year, Dark Horse produced an eight-part series of comics based on The Rough Draft,
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Watch: George Lucas' 'Electronic Labyrinth Thx 1138 4Eb' That Will Probably Be In The New Museum He's Opening

Before "Star Wars," before Indiana Jones and before "American Graffiti," George Lucas was just another film school kid trying to eke out a career. But it wouldn't take him long, with his student film kicking open the door that would lead to becoming one of the most influential blockbuster storytellers of all time. And now you can see where it all began. Though you might have seen it before, Open Culture freshly points us in the direction of "Electronic Labyrinth Thx 1138 4Eb," the short film Lucas made as a student, which showed his affinity for sci-fi tales centering on underdogs taking on oppressive authority. Lucas would expand the story to make "Thx 1138," his first feature film, but you can see the intriguing roots of his cinematic feature in this fifteen-minute take. And hey, with the director now planning to open the Lucas Museum Of Narrative Arts in Chicago
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Watch: George Lucas' Student Short Film That Inspired 'Thx 1138'

Before George Lucas’ 1971 dystopian classic Thx 1138 hit theaters — about a future in which an android police force controls the populace and mandatory drugs quell emotions and personal desires — there was Lucas’ student film the story was based on. Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb was created in 1967 while the director was still wet behind the ears, attending the University of Southern California's film school. Running 15 minutes long, Lucas cast his student short with members of the real-life Navy — as several military members were also attending USC for their studies. Most of the filming took place at night in locations the Navy granted him special access to. After 12 weeks of shooting in the USC computer center, a parking lot at...

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National Film Registry 2010

Each year, the U.S. National Film Preservation Board selects 25 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" films to be added to the National Film Registry, for preservation by the Library of Congress. The program began in 1989, with 550 films now preserved. This year's choices have been announced and we're thrilled to see some wonderful genre titles among the selections.

Thankfully, the National Film Registry doesn't discriminate against any type of film genre — little known or blockbuster, horror or noir; it doesn't matter. Past choices include Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Psycho, My Darling Clementine, The Maltese Falcon, Jailhouse Rock, Night of the Living Dead and Red River. All that matters is whether a film is truly great and/or important. This year is no different.

Among the chosen for 2010 are George Lucas' 1967 sci-fi freakout Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, George Lucas' 1980 masterwork The Empire Strikes Back, William Friedkin's 1973 horror classic The Exorcist,
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‘Malcolm X’, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘The Exorcist’ & More Added To The National Film Registry

Since 1989 the National Film Registry has preserved films in the Library of Congress that are determined to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Every year, they add twenty five films to their archives. Just this week they revealed the list of the next batch of movies which include two from director George Lucas. Sadly I have to admit that I haven’t seen every movie on this list. How many have you seen?

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Here is the complete list:

National Film Registry 2010 Inductees

Airplane! (1980)

All the President’s Men (1976)

The Bargain (1914)

Cry of Jazz (1959)

Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb (1967)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Front Page (1931)

Grey Gardens (1976)

I Am Joaquin (1969)

It’s a Gift (1934)

Let There Be Light (1946)

Lonesome (1928)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Malcolm X (1992)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

Newark Athlete (1891)

Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)

The Pink Panther (1964)

Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)

Saturday Night Fever
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25 More Films Selected for Preservation in National Film Registry

It's that time of year again, when the Library of Congress chooses 25 films to add to the U.S. National Film Registry. The films are chosen based on cultural, historical or aesthetic significance and they are preserved for future generations to study and enjoy. Some standouts from this year's crop of selections include The Empire Strikes Back, The Pink Panther, and Airplane, among the more recognizable films. Of course, the National Film Registry also deals with a wide range of cinema outside of the mainstream, including documentaries, shorts, and experimental films. In fact, usually for each film you're familiar with, there's another that you've probably never heard of previously. With the 25 new additions, the National Film Registry now contains 550 movies. Check out the full list of newly added films after the break. Airplane (1980) All the President’s Men (1976) The Bargain (1914) Cry of Jazz (1959) Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb (1967) The Empire Strikes Back
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The Empire Will Strike Back Forever!

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) has been chosen amongst 25 other films for entry into The National Film Registry, Congress’s annual and ongoing effort to preserve films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” to the United States. But I just wonder… which version of ‘Empire’ is actually going into the archives?

Will it be the original and superior theatrical print which nobody can deny was culturally, historically and aesthetically significant to cinema – or will it be the heavily George Lucas tinkered with Se of more recent times that is all of the above but for the wrong reasons!

Presumably Lucas will insist on the latter going in as that’s his ‘completed vision’ but the Registry must insist on the original print, as that’s the film that changed cinema and not the afterthought re-working. Perhaps the answer of which cut goes into the archive is answered by the inclusion
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Library of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Historic Registry – List Includes Empire Strikes Back

Here are the 25 films the Library of Congress added to the National Film Registry for their artistic, cultural and historic significance:

1. Airplane (1980)

2. All the President’s Men (1976)

3. The Bargain (1914)

4. Cry of Jazz (1959)

5. Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb (1967)

6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

7. The Exorcist (1973)

8. The Front Page (1931)

9. Grey Gardens (1976)

10. I Am Joaquin (1969)

11. It’s a Gift (1934)

12. Let There Be Light (1946)

13. Lonesome (1928)

14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

15. Malcolm X (1992)

16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

17. Newark Athlete (1891)

18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)

19. The Pink Panther (1964)

20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)

21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

22. Study of a River (1996)

23. Tarantella (1940)

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)
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Library Of Congress Adds Four Experimental Films To 2010 National Film Registry

Adhering to its mission to include as wide a variety of films possible, the Library of Congress has included four experimental movies in this year’s list of 25 films named to the National Film Registry so that they can be preserved forever. Those four films range from as far back as 1891 and as recent as 1996.

The oldest of the films is Newark Athlete by W.K.L. Dickson and Willian Heise, which was made in 1891 at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, N.J. While the Registry lists this as an “experimental film,” judging from a brief clip provided by the Loc (below), it’s a very different usage of the term “experimental” than is thought of today.

It appears that Newark Athlete is a true experiment, a test run by Dickson and Heise using a “horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film” of an athlete swinging a pair of Indian clubs,
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'Empire Strikes Back' preserved by Us

'Empire Strikes Back' preserved by Us
Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be preserved by the Us Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry. BBC News reports that the George Lucas film will be joined by the American director's student film Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, made in 1967. Other 'culturally significant' films making the yearly list are Spike Lee's Malcolm X, about the black political revolutionary, and Saturday Night Fever. Each year, 25 films are added to the registry, which began archiving pictures in 1989. A wide variety of other movies were chosen for inclusion this year, including Robert Altman's 1971 western McCabe and Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty, Blake Edwards's The Pink Panther and Elia Kazan's first feature film A (more)
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Exorcist honored by Library of Congress

While all the many critical bodies are announcing their choices for the top films of 2010, a genre classic has been given a place among the all-time cinematic greats chosen to join the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry this year.

The Exorcist, William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s influential saga of demonic possession, is one of the 25 films selected this year to be part of the Registry, which is devoted to preserving films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”; science fiction was also cited this year with The Empire Strikes Back and George Lucas’ student short Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, which Lucas expanded into his debut feature Thx 1138. Nominations are made each year by the public, Library of Congress staff and members of the National Film Preservation Board; for more information on the Registry and to nominate movies for next year, click here.
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The Force is strong: Empire tapped for registry

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Darth Vader proclaiming he's Luke Skywalker's father, John Travolta preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist communicating in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

The 25 films selected this year include The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 sequel to Star Wars that many critics and fans consider the best of George Lucas' six Star Wars films. Empire shocked moviegoers with the revelation that masked villain Darth Vader was the father of hero Skywalker.

While Lucas didn't direct Empire - he entrusted it to the late Irvin Kershner - he got another film selected for the registry: the student short Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb.
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"Airplane," "The Exorcist," "The Empire Strikes Back," "All the President's Men" Selected for Preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry

Jedi, goofy flight attendants, a possessed young girl, and two journalists on the brink of discovery are among the characters to be honored for film preservation. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Among the films to be preserved are George Lucas' "Return of the Jedi," "Airplane," William Friedkin's "The Exorcist," and Alan J. Pakula's "All The President's Men." This year.s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.

Each year, the Librarian of Congress, under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. In other words, these films are certainly not the "best" (but we can argue that each movie truly represented high quality) but they are works of art
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The Library Of Congress Inducts 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Airplane' And Others Into The National Film Registry

The end of the year 2010 is upon us, which means the Library of Congress is announcing what twenty five motion pictures they're going to lock into their National Film Registry. Among those on the list include "All the President's Men," "The Exorcist," "Airplane!," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Cry of Jazz," "I Am Joaquin" and even George Lucas' student film "Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb" and his widely popular sequel "The Empire Strikes Back." Also included in the list is the war documentary "Let There Be Light." The official number of films now in the National Film Registry is up to 550, which isn't much of a surprise since this has been continuing on from the late eighties."As the nation's repository of American creativity, the Library of Congress--with the support of the U.S. Congress--must ensure the preservation of America's film patrimony," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
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The Empire Strikes Back and 24 others added to National Film Registry

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Every year the Library of Congress' National Film Registry chooses twenty-five films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. This years bunch includes two for George Lucas-- Empire Strikes Back and his student short film, Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb. As you know Empire was directed by the late Irvin Kershner who passed away this year. The Registry also honored the work of the late Leslie Nielsen with Airplane!, and...
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'Empire Strikes Back' & More Heading to National Film Registry

For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. THR has provided the full list of the 25 films to be preserved for all-time and once again, it's amazing to think that some of these films weren't already in there to begin with. George Lucas has two additions this year with The Empire Strikes Back and his original short Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb (which launched the filmmaker's career) and other influential filmmakers like Spike Lee and the recently deceased Blake Edwards also had films included. More highlights below! Along with Lee's Malcolm X and Edwards original 1964 spawning of The Pink Panther, there are plenty of other films indicative of our culture and times. Throwing back to the days of disco, the Bee Gees laden flick Saturday ...
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