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Did you go see the Empire Strikes Back in 1981? You may remember this

There was a short film called Black Angel that ran with screenings of Empire in the UK. It has now been re-released on Youtube. From the AVClub:

The film is a swords-and-sorcery tale of a knight traversing a plague-stricken land with many elements of dream imagery and mythical archetypes woven throughout.

Roger Christian (Art Director: Empire, Star Wars, Life of Brian, Alien) says that John Boorman screened the short for the crew before beginning filming on Excalibur, and the influence is clear on that film, along with other works like Lionheart and Ladyhawke. The short also proved influential to Empire Strikes Back as well—the fighting sequence in Black Angel is step-printed (slowed down in a specific way) which would later be used in the fight between Luke and the Darth Vader vision on Dagobah in Empire.

If you’re into Star Wars and Excalibur-type geekery like I am, then I think you’ll like it.

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