• Dec 3, 2008
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Before landmark films American Graffiti and Star Wars, George Lucas was just another film student at the University of Southern California. During his time at USC, Lucas and 13 other film students put together an eight-minute-long film called 1:42:08. The title contains no words, and the film has no dialog. What does appear on the screen is racing legend Peter Brock as he speeds through Willow Springs Raceway near LA. The movie's sound track? The sound of a Lotus 23 race car at full throttle. Hit the jump to see Lucas' 1966 short film for yourself. It's no Empire Strikes Back, but it's damn good cinematography. If you aren't a big Lucas fan, there's still Peter Brock and a Lotus 23. It's a win-win.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      skip to 1:19 to get to the actual film.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember a nearly identical, no-talking short movie that appeared in theaters before the main feature, only the one I recall had a blue and white Lister-Jaguar. I'm pretty sure it was done a few years before this one by Lucas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Speed Racer: The Beginning KINFURM3D!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lucas' first feature short film, THX 1138 has a pretty incredible chase scene at the end through the then incomplete BART tunnels in the bay. I think the cars are a converted Porsche 917 and possibly a Ferrari or Lola Sports Prototype from the same era.
      viciously
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay Lotus (and to a much lesser extent, George Lucas)!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good stuff. I think that was better than Episode 1. Or 2.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did that sign *seriously* say "Empire Lubricants"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its no "Rendezvous", but it does predate it.


      • 6 Years Ago
      What about C'était un rendez-vous by Claude Lelouch? No cuts, no speed-ups.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs50TsdOyVI

      Or Spielberg's Duel?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duel_(1971_film)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Now THAT is a great film.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VIDEO: George Lucus and Peter Brock in 1:42:08

        Peter Brock, yes...but who the hell is George Lucus?! ;p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that was an awesome video! Best work Lucas has ever done!