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Old 04-16-2010, 04:14 PM
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Saw this in 1979 when it was the supporting feature to The Empire Strikes Back. This simply has to be one of the best short films ever made and made a lasting impression on many who saw it. Shot in Scotland, this film boasts stunning scenery a la Braveheart and is a visual feast from start to finish. It is an eerie tale and is set in the Middle Ages which sees a lonely knight - Sir Maddox returning from the Crusades. He falls into deep water and seemingly manages to struggle out after losing some of his armour. He then finds himself in a strange landscape and encounters a deathly pale young girl who tells him "I am bound to the Black Angel..." This turns out to be the Angel Of Death himself whom Sir Maddox takes on in a lethal duel for the girl's soul...
The Angel himself is a chilling creation, decaying armour, covered in cobwebs and apparently heavily influenced the look of the Nazgul in Peter Jackson's LOTR. John Boorman was so impressed with the film that he instructed his film crew making Excalibur to watch it and ensure the same look was transformed to his own film. Steven Spielberg and George Miller are fans, and George Lucas loved it so much, he made it the supporting feature to The Empire Strikes Back on its UK release, much to the fury of some UK parents at the time who considered it too strong viewing for a family audience....

Lost for 30 years, director Roger Christian recently came across a long stored print and is currently deliberating whether or not to release it. Short film or not, I would love to see this come out on a ....


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Superb news to hear that the long lost OCN of Black Angel has been rediscovered and the film is being lined up for a release later this year:

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