Directed by George Lucas.
Starring Dan Natchsheim, Joy Carmichael, David Munson, Marvin Bennett and Ralph Steel.
While teaching a group of US Navy students as a graduate at USC. George Lucas produced the experimental sci-fi short Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. Presenting an Orwell-inspired vision of a bleak dysotopian society, the film would go on to serve as the basis for his feature debut THX-1138 (1971), produced by Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. The short concerns the efforts of a man identified only by his number, 1138 (Dan Natchsheim, who also acts as editor), to escape the system in a plot highly reminiscent of the final chase in the later spin-off.
Shot over a period of twelve weeks, Lucas used the parking garages and access ways of Los Angeles International Airport to create the 'electronic labyrinth' of the futuristic, uniform world. The film would go on to receive first prize at the 1968 International Student Film Festival and was also highly praised by legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang (Metropolis) when it was shown as part of a USC showcase for a select audience at Hollywood's Fairfax Theatre.
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