Watch this short that George Lucas made before Star Wars

By Bindu Nair. Posted on August 28, 2014

To many of us today, George Lucas is that guy who directed Star Wars and did nothing else in his long career. While he will always be known for his epic space operas, he started out directing experimental short films at the University of Southern California. Subject matters included clouds floating across the sky, a poem by E. E. Cummings, and the most famous one, Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB.

Depicting a dystopian future where people are known by numbers and are constantly monitored by a sinister organization, it evokes the paranoia of 1984 and was adapted into his 1st full-length feature. The story is intentionally vague and confusing and the dialogue only consists of constant tech gibberish. You might have to watch it twice just to fully grasp what's going on, but the visuals make for compelling images and the reveal towards the end make it worth a rewatch!

 


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