Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Lost World (1925)

Thrilling adventure yarn and the prototypical "monster" movie, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story about a group of explorers who head into the uncharted wilds to a world inhabited by dinosaurs. The standard cast of characters are all there: Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery), who is driven by obsession to prove the existence of living dinosaurs; gentleman adventurer Sir John Roxton (Lewis Stone); the eager young reporter (Lloyd Hughes); and the plucky daughter (Bessie Love) of the late explorer whose journal holds the key to finding the lost world.

The real stars are Willis O'Brien's stop-motion dinosaurs, which still impress for their meticulous artistry, even if they now appear somewhat quaint and lack the personality found in the characters he would animate just a few years later in KING KONG and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. Both Harry Hoyt's direction and Arthur Edeson's photography are unremarkable but effective.

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