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The Short That Aired With Star Wars Is Getting Its Own Movie Remake

If you saw The Empire Strikes Back in Europe or Australia, you also got to see the 25-minute short Black Angel. If you didn’t catch it then, you may have seen it when it resurfaced online last month. And if you still haven’t seen it, maybe a new, full-length version will be more your speed. » 6/02/15 10:00pm 6/02/15 10:00pm

Watch The Lost Fantasy Movie That Appeared Before Empire Strikes Back

Black Angel is legendary among Star Wars fans, but also fans of 1980s sword-and-sorcery movies. This short film about a knight returning from the Crusades, who has to enter a mystical realm and rescue a princess, was directed by Empire Strikes Back art director Roger Christian. And it was shown before ESB in Europe… » 5/12/15 11:52am 5/12/15 11:52am

A pioneering early "slow-mo" technique was developed only as padding

Lost for decades, the sword-and-sorcery short film that showed before Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is finally being shown again at the Mill Valley Film Festival. And it turns out the most innovative thing about Black Angel, a technique for slowing down the fight scenes, was purely to pad out the length. » 9/11/13 12:15pm 9/11/13 12:15pm

The Lost Sword-And-Sorcery Classic From the Art Director of Star Wars

If you saw Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the theater in Europe or Australia, you may also have seen a short film called Black Angel. This ground-breaking 20 minute sword-and-sorcery film was directed by Star Wars art director Roger Christian, and it influenced the look and feel of 1980s fantasy films like … » 12/29/12 5:00pm 12/29/12 5:00pm