The Lost World (1925)

The Coursera Dino 101 course is going really well. I’m a module behind because of time constraints a while back, but catching up quickly.

Not this image, but close to it.  (Source)

Not this image, but close to it. (Source)

The other day we saw an image of a feathered velociraptor, and it was still pretty scary. I guess the Jurassic Park film world will need a reboot.

It’s not the first time dino movies, in hindsight, had errors, nor does it matter. When well done, they’re really entertaining. There’s just something about those big, deadly beasts that we all love (since we don’t have to compete or fear them).

And that brings us to today’s silent movie, in which Robin Hood‘s Richard the Lion-Hearted travels to South America and discovers an unusual plateau populated by … well, it’s a pretty well-known trope by now, but the movie is still good. It’s something Spielberg would have done back in the day, and watching it now, you can see parallels between these animals and those in the first Jurassic Park movie.

If you get a chance, though, read the book, The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who makes a cameo here, I think as one of the editors that Ed Malone drops in on). It’s even better than this movie.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, today’s feature film!

Categories: Saturday Silents, Silent movies

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