Black Angel. A movie that was thought to be lost has resurfaced. Big deal, right? Normally I wouldn't care about a half hour companion movie, but this movie is different. This movie was envisioned by George Lucas in 1980 with the intent of being played before The Empire Strikes Back in theaters in the UK.
To accomplish this task, Lucas commissioned a man named Roger Christian whom he had worked with on Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Christians work at Set Director on A New Hope earned him an Oscar, yet Black Angel would be the first time he would step in the directors chair. Later he worked as Art Director for Alien and Monty Python's Life of Brian, and eventually going on to direct Battlefield Earth.
Filmed in Scotland on a ultra low budget, Black Angel is the story of "A knight [who] returns home from the Crusades only to find his village devastated by disease and his family gone. He roams the forest searching for them, until he finds a mysterious maiden in a lake who asks him to kill the evil black knight."
Black Angel ended up playing a significant influence in such movies as Excalibur, Ladyhawk, Lionheart, and even The Empire Strikes Back. Having only been screened in England before The Empire Strikes Back, the original high definition prints ended up lost, seemingly forever-until recently. With a preface by Christian, Black Angel is now on YouTube for all to view for free. Christian interludes at the beginning of the video of "some very exciting news" to debut on Black Angels Facebook and Twitter account on June 2nd. For now, sit back, relax, and enjoy this short but influential movie; then share your opinion of the film in the comments section of this page.
Source: Facebook, Twitter, IMDB, YouTube.