See the Long-Lost Short Film 'Black Angel' That Played Before 'Empire'

May 13, 2015

Black Angel

A long time ago, in a cinema far, far away, this short film played before Empire Strikes Back, and now it has been rediscovered. No seriously, that's the story behind this. Back in 1980, George Lucas commissioned his art director, Roger J. Christian, to make a short film that would show before his Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back. That short was called Black Angel, sort of a classic fantasy about a lone warrior fighting a dark force. It only played in a few hundred UK cinemas, but it was hugely influential anyway. And even though all the prints were thought to be lost, Christian has restored and released the full 25-minute short Black Angel online - seen below. It's actually pretty good, and has some very iconic shots in it. Enjoy.

The video also features a quick introduction from Roger J. Christian, but for more history read this review.

The short can be seen in full on YouTube (thanks to SlashFilm on the tip), with an official site found here. "Accompanied by an exclusive introduction from the director Roger Christian, the incredible fantasy short returns. It was first released in certain cinemas ahead of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Lost for 35 years, it has been found and restored to its former glory." The film stars Tony Vogel, Patricia Christian, James Gibb, and John Young, directed by Roger J. Christian. It was first released in May of 1980, now re-released online for your viewing enjoyment. For more info, find them on Facebook or here.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


It's like a Frazetta painting come to life, but with pretty choppy camera work. Scenery is incredible, but the story is weird. Still better than Battlefield Earth though.

Carpola on May 13, 2015


You can 100% see the way this influenced Excalibur.

Chris Groves on May 13, 2015


Oh my Gerd! That is some classic looking fantasy stuff! This is the short you are looking for.

DAVIDPD on May 14, 2015

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