The Lost World

With an introduction by Serge Bromberg (Lobster Films)

NSFF 2021
8 January 2021
8:30 PM (local time)
Language: ENGLISH
Only via livestream!

USA, 1925
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
Cast: Wallace Beery, Paula White, Lewis Stone, Lloyd Hughes, Alma Bennett, Margaret McWade

The Nederlands Silent Film Festival will unlock the doors and set the dinosaurs free on Friday evening, January 8, 2021. In THE LOST WORLD (1925), Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) and his crew travel to South America. Once there, they encounter a long forgotten world. A world imagined by Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous Sherlock Holmes writer, whose same titled novel had been released in 1912. Doyle had modelled the Professor after himself.

Decades before JURASSIC PARK (1993), lifelike dinosaurs walked the silver screen, brought to life by special effects wizard Willis H. O’Brien. The film was released just before the announcement of the sound film and in 1929 the producer decided – in his infinite wisdom – to destroy all copies of THE LOST WORLD – anticipating on a remake with sound, called KING KONG (1933). Luckily, a few copies survived. However, Lobster Films spent a lot of time and effort to collect each and every scene, since mainly abridged versions were still out there. These versions have a length of about fifty minutes and were used for showings at homes, schools and churches.

The copy that will be shown during NSFF 2021 is the fully restored version, almost entirely in its original form, and clocks in at 103 minutes. It will be introduced by Serge Bromberg, film restorer and director of Lobster Films.

Daan van den Hurk (piano) and Frank van der Star (drums) will musically accompany the film live.


NL, 1922
Director: Willy Mullens

Ahead of THE LOST WORLD, the Dutch city film ROYAL VISIT IN GRONINGEN (KONINKLIJK BEZOEK AAN GRONINGEN) by Willy Mullens will be shown.

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