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Student film by Robert Zemeckis
28 April 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Short film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis in 1973 when he was at USC. It shows style and control, but has a flimsy, unengaging story, unlike his "A Field Of Honor" which is commercially available on the same DVD.

Shot in black and white and featuring an original jazz score, The Lift tells a man versus machine story.

Shows some of his later conceits. The opening is a process montage sequence similar to the ones he effects in the first minute of Back To The Future. The sense of dark irony is something that resurfaces in Zemeckis' later work.


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