Before They Were Stars: Robert Zemeckis Directs “The Lift”

October is going to be a prominent month for Robert Zemeckis. In addition to this week’s theatrical release of his latest film, The Walk, we are now less than two weeks away from October 21, 2015, the date when the futuristic sequences in Back to the Future Part II took place. We’re going to recording a Shouts from the Back Row podcast about Zemeckis’ career in a few weeks, but until then, you can get your Zemeckis fix by watching The Lift, a seven-minute student short film he made while attending University of California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1972. It’s a pretty simple premise: a man has a bunch of frustrating misadventures with the lift elevator in his apartment building.

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