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Black Angel

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This I want to see:

Called “Black Angel,” the 25-minute movie was written, directed and produced in 1979 by Roger Christian, an art director who won an Academy Award for his set decoration work on “Star Wars.”

“Black Angel,” which was made with the support of “Star Wars” director George Lucas, was screened in Europe and Australia as a short film just before showings of “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980.

It was never screened again.

Until recently, Christian had assumed the original film prints were lost. Now, thanks to a serendipitous discovery by an archivist at Universal Pictures and services volunteered by Emeryville, Calif., visual effects company Athena Studios, the movie has come back to life.

This week a digital restoration of the movie made its North American theatrical premiere at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County. Christian plans to release the film on Netflix and Apple’s iTunes early next year.

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Written by camcarlson

December 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Posted in Cinema

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