Movie Fact #895 – November 23rd, 2015:

The 1963 Canadian abstract collage film “21-87”  had a profound influence on director George Lucas and sound designer/editor Walter Murch. Lucas’s aesthetic and style was strongly influenced by it for the “Star Wars” films and a number of other works, including his 1973 film “American Graffiti” and his pure cinemashort films 1967’s “6-18-67”, 1966’s “1:42.08”, 1965’s “Look at Life”, his 1967 short film “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB” and the feature it inspired, 1971 “THX 1138”.

Lucas actually never met Arthur Lipsett, who committed suicide in 1986. However, tributes to “21-87” appear in “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB”, which is dated as taking place on ’05-14-2187′ and, throughout “Star Wars” the phrase, “The Force” itself is said to have been inspired by the short film. Finally, in 1977’s “Star Wars:Episode IV – A New Hope”, the prison cell of Princess Leia (Played by Carrie Fisher) on the Death Star is numbered 2187.

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