Before They Were Stars: George Lucas Directs “Freiheit”

I always love posting old short films that were made by famous directors and since today is George Lucas’ birthday, I figured it was his turn. Lucas made numerous short films when he was a student at the University of Southern California, but this three-minute short is particularly interesting because it’s unlike anything else he’s ever done. “Freiheit” is the German word for “freedom” and Freiheit features a young student trying to escape to freedom by crossing the Berlin border before being shot by guards. The young man is played by Randal Kleiser, who went to have quite a successful career himself by directing Grease, and it’s amusing to see the opening titles read: “A Film by Lucas”. George Lucas being artsy and pretentious… who would have ever thought?

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