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The Lost World

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When a man on an expedition to Venezuela sends back a journal with dinosaur sketches, a group of explorers set out on a rescue mission. The Lost World, an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel, premiered in 1925 and its approach to the depiction of the prehistoric beasts is what cemented it in film history.  Special effects pioneer Willis O’Brien employed a bevy of techniques to allow for stop-motion dinosaurs to come alive and share the screen with live-action actors. As he worked on the film, he was able to improve on the techniques of the day, eventually advancing past split screen to being able to have both stop-motion and live-action on the same screen. It became the first American feature film to utilize stop motion animation as the main form of special effect. The Lost World laid the groundwork for monster movies including the genre’s biggest hit King Kong, another film showcasing the work of Willis O’Brien.

Year: 1925
Language: English
Genre: adventure, fantasy

Directed by Harry Hoyt
Screenplay by  Marion Fairfax
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Based on The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

Bessie Love
Lewis Stone
Wallace Beery
Lloyd Hughes

National Film Registry
The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life