Burbank, CA: American Zoetrope / Warner Brothers, 1971. Vintage black-and-white oversize double weight still photograph from the 1971 film. Shown are George Lucas and an assistant setting up a shot of Robert DuVall, with Lucas placing calipers on DuVall's head. With the Warner Brothers studio stamp on the verso, along with a notation regarding the shot and its reference number.
Given everything that would follow, "THX-1138" could easily be described as the most successful student film of all time, developed by Lucas in 1967 as a short called "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" while he was attending the University of Southern California's film school. The feature film version was one of the first efforts produced under the auspices of Lucas' friend, Francis Ford Coppola.
Written by Lucas and Walter Murch, the film set a standard for dystopian stories that would inform dozens of films in its wake. Oddly, Lucas did not continue down the pessimistic path, choosing instead to engage in the broader appeal of "Star Wars."
14 x 10.25 inches. Near Fine.