Dir: Harry O. Hoyt | US | 1925 | 63 mins | silent
Eight years before King Kong (1933), Willis O’Brien brought his masterful skills at stop motion animation to the big screen, paving the way for such legends as Ray Harryhausen and Aardman Animations in this adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle’s thrilling adventure classic. Professor Challenger and a crew of curious explorers embark on an expedition in search of a mythical, prehistoric plateau in South America. Very soon, the ‘lost world’ of the jungle begins to reveal terrifying secrets that bring chaos to the streets of Edwardian London in a fantastic cinematic conclusion. For more than 80 years, only abridged editions of The Lost World remained in existence… until now! South West Silents are thrilled to present this visually stunning 2K restoration by Lobster Films, Paris, incorporating original elements from archives and collections around the world.
With score by composer Robert Israel, performed by a full orchestra in 2016.