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The Dark Crystal

Released 1982
Distributor Universal Pictures

Considerable production power (courtesy of Star Wars’ producer Gary Kurtz) was brought to bear on this 1982 fantasy epic from Jim Henson in what is essentially a 93 minute Muppet Show episode made on a grand scale and with a far grimmer atmosphere. Henson’s dream project was impeccably conceived with the help of English fantasy artist Brian Froud and a huge crew of wizardly animatronics experts. Though it faced considerable box office opposition at its release (in the form of E.T. and Tootsie), Henson’s labor of love still managed to find its audience.

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About Bernard Rose

Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV,  shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. Rose has recently completed his Japanese language ‘Samurai Marathon 1855’ for producers Jeremy Thomas & Toshiaki Nakazawa. You can check out his work at