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Directed byGeorge Lucas
Written byGeorge Lucas
StarringPete Brock
CinematographyGeorge Lucas
Edited byGeorge Lucas
Release date
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States

1:42.08 (alternatively known as 1:42.08: A Man and His Car or 1:42.08: To Qualify) is George Lucas's senior project at the University of Southern California in 1966.[1] It was named for the lap time of the Lotus 23 race car that was the subject of the film.

It is a non-story visual tone poem depicting the imagery of a car going at full speed, and featuring the car's engine as the primary sound element. Shot on 16mm color film with a 14-man student crew, it was filmed at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles, California.[2] The Lotus 23 was driven by Pete Brock.

Lucas cited the influence of Jean-Claude Labrecque's 1965 short documentary on a cycling competition, 60 Cycles, on 1:42.08.[3]

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  1. ^ Murray, Noel (September 19, 2007). "Short Film Collection Round-Up".
  2. ^ Hearn, Marcus "The Cinema of George Lucas" Publisher:Harry N. Abrams(March 1, 2005)
  3. ^ Smith, Jim (2003). George Lucas. Virgin Books. p. 12. ISBN 9780753507551. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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