George Lucas' USC Thesis film '1:42:08'

by Joey Paur

Ever wonder what one of George Lucas' first short films would be like? Well now we know thanks to Brandon and the Frog. This film is called '1:42:08'. It was made in 1966 with a 14 person student film crew, and the car is a yellow Lotus 23 race car. It is always cool to see how some of these big time directors started out. The cinematography is good for the era. It seemed more like a documentary type thing or somthing that would be seen for the opening credits of a film. Wikipedia says that the film...

"is a visual tone poem depicting the graphic beauty of a car going at full speed, and the only sound in it is the roar of the car's engine."

I can see that. I can also see a lot of similarities in his other films like American Graffiti and Star Wars. Just little things here and there. Lucas obviously has a love for speed. Check it out below. What do you think?