Easily the most famous piece of propaganda in the world, Leni Riefenstahl's film glorifying the Nazi party was a watershed moment for Hitler's third reich, and remains today a chilling reminder for the horrors that ensued.
Drawn by Howard Chaykin who would work on the very first Star Wars poster as well as the Marvel comic book series, Cody Starbuck, cutlass in one hand and a six-shooter in the other, is often thought of as an x-rated precursor to Han Solo.
The Spiritual Disenchantment of the Super Machine Age
One of Lucas's earliest influences, Arthur Lipsett was an avant-garde Canadian at the National Film Board. His style had a tremendous impact on Lucas's early films, and The Force was rooted in his films.
Lucas went to see Forbidden Planet for his 12th birthday, and never looked back. The equivalent to what Star Wars would become for later generations, it was indeed an Amazing! Never Before Seen! science fiction extravaganza, and it left its DNA all over Star Wars.