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The lost short film that ran with The Empire Strikes Back is now available on YouTube

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Back in 1980, George Lucas wanted a short film to accompany the release of The Empire Strikes Back in select theaters, so he turned to Roger Christian.

Christian had just wrapped up art direction on Alien and Monty Python's Life of Brian, and a few years earlier he'd been the set decorator on Lucas' unexpected hit Star Wars. Christian pitched his story idea at Lucas and the director sent him off to Scotland with £25,000. The resulting twenty minute film was known as Black Angel, and it was thought that every print of it had been lost ... until one was rediscovered in Universal Studios' archive in 2012.

Since then the dream-like story of a knight who returns from the Crusades to find his household in ruins and struggles to save a maiden from a death-like figure has been shown at several festivals, but it's also now available on YouTube for free until the end of this month.

So watch a piece of film history while you can! And check out Black Angel's official site for more information on it.

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