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16mm Print of The Electronic Labyrinth

Discussion in 'Collecting' started by dynafilm, Nov 30, 2009.

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  1. dynafilm

    dynafilm Jedi Youngling

    Nov 30, 2009

    I have a 16mm color film print in very good condition of "The Electronic Labyrinth".
    It's an original print in the original USC can.

    Electronic Labyrinth* (Color, 1967, by George Lucas)
    George Lucas made this short as a film student at USC in 1967. Originally titled Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, it's now known as Electronic Labyrinth. The film
    eventually went on to become his first feature-length film THX 1138.
    The protagonist, whose name is "THX 1138 4EB", is shown running through several passageways and it is soon discovered that he is escaping his community. The government uses computers and cameras to track him down and attempts to stop him and fails. The film utilized subterranean access ways and parking garages at Los Angeles International Airport to depict an underground city in a dystopian future.
    The USC program guide that accompanied the premiere said the film was a "nightmare impression of a world in which a man is trying to escape a computerized world which constantly tracks his movements". The last act of THX 1138 roughly corresponds with the events in the feature film, particularly in the final scene, where people are warned not to exit the underground city through the door, which allegedly leads to death, though in truth leads to their freedom. It?s obviously a strong student film, particularly in the director?s mastery of various film techniques (lap dissolves, split screen, superimposed text, tight close-ups) and his sophisticated sound beds utilizing recorded voices, alarms and echoes to notable effect. Hardcore fans will doubtless enjoy seeing the early genesis of various shots, sounds and motifs used throughout the St*r Wars series. The film won the United States National Student Film Festival in 1968, in the Drama category.

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