George Lucas’s 1971 feature film debut, THX 1138 is a beautifully composed esoteric science fiction film. Adapted from his own 1967 short Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, the film follows Robert Duvall‘s THX 1138 as he attempts to escape an Orwellian society in the 25th Century.
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola‘s American Zoetrope, THX-1138 was a financial disaster on its release, grossing just $2.4 million at the US box office. The sterile science fiction film wasn’t warmly embraced by critics either but Lucas would bounce back with hugely successful American Graffiti in 1973, before changing the face of cinema with Star Wars in 1977.
Lucas revisited THX 1138 in 2004, releasing a director’s cut of the film with added special effects.
These images show Lucas on the set of the film, one with producer and mentor Francis Ford Coppola and another with star Robert Duvall.