Music by Dr. Marvin Faulwell
Caveman section/The Three Ages (1923) – 20 minutes / B&W
FLYING ELEPHANTS (1927) – 20 minutes / B&W
GHOST OF SLUMBER MOUNTAIN (1918) – 14 minutes / B&W
THE LOST WORLD (1925)
Our feature presentation for the 21st annual ‘Silents in the Cathedral’ is a prehistoric ‘blast from the past’. Often called the original JURASSIC PARK, this silent epic of explorers discovering a lost world somewhere in South America, populated by dinosaurs and ape men was a solid sensation in 1925. ‘Thrilling special effects never seen before’ helped put it over. The extraordinary special effects man in charge was Willis O’Brien whose incredibly realistic looking dinosaurs moved by the process of stop-motion animation, set amidst trick photography involving full-size forests and lakes and real people (usually at the edges of the frame). It was the same technique he would later use to give the world KING KONG in 1933.
Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) is looking for a way to finance an expedition to this lost world in order to rescue Paula White’s (Bessie Love) father who has been trapped in this world, finding escape impossible. Challenger’s ‘bull in a china closet’ attitude has not endeared him to anyone, except newspaper reporter Ed Malone (Lloyd Hughes), who gains the help of financier and friend, Sir John Roxton (Lewis Stone) to help finance the expedition. It’s an extraordinary journey with many surprises. Our film will be presented with original color tinting to signify the jungle (green), the night (blue) as well as volcano heat (red).
This film runs a brisk 65 minutes and should excite and enthrall children of all ages. We highly recommend this movie for children and adults and hope it will entertain you with its exciting story.
Organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen have put together a dazzling new music score for this feature and they will be playing it ‘live’ at the Cathedral.There will be a brief intermission during the feature presentation. Popcorn and bottled water will be sold as a fundraiser for the Cathedral Youth Group.