This is the first true dinosaur movie and Arthur Conan Doyle's original short story (that is the basis for this one) inspired every dinosaur movie and book that followed since including the "Jurassic Park" and "King Kong" craze. The dinosaurs were recreated by using stop-motion animation (which also was a first in film) and are excellent for it's time. A fun silent gem.
Some time ago now, department stores at Christmas showed small animated figures in their windows. It's a bit like that, The Lost World ... a showcase of toys :-) Dans le temps les vitrines de grands magasins à Noël présentaient de petites figurines animées. C'est un peu ça The Lost World ... une vitrine de jouets de grands magasins :-)
Anthropologist's delight! Thx MUBI! The animated scenes were so magical I was irked by the "story" until I remembered Saturday matinee serials, then I had fun with that part, even the apalling blackface character who reveals so much about general white attitudes and confusion around black people. Mind-boggling that the dinosaurs seemed better understood than a contemporary fellow human being with darker skin color.
Truly awesome by definition to see where special effects came from and where they are now. It's equally fascinating to see the impact The Lost World has left on cinema, from the eight-years-later King Kong all the way to modern day monster movies. Even if the human scenes feel lacking, the claymation dinosaur scenes are still terrific. All the gratitude in the world is what this classic deserves.
Fascinating from a cinematic point of view. The visuals must have blown audiences minds in 1925 and it makes an interesting comparison to the original King Kong from 1933, whose story very roughly parallels Lost World. The human drama is quite dull here other than some humorous scenes with Beery in the beginning, but it's nicely done and the visuals are quite striking in an antique way.
This is now my favorite silent film I've ever seen! I've always loved monster movies, and you can see how every other monster movie thereafter took inspiration from The Lost World. Yes, the romance is ridiculous and there's inexplicably a character in blackface and a weird, evil monkey-man, but it was 1925! The dinosaurs are terrific.
'2000 restoration' The 1925 original after being shown in terribly edited versions for years was restored to proper length in this version. Still holds up on its own as adventure story and as inspiration for the filmmakers who would come later especially 'King Kong' eight years later and the work of Ray Harryhousen down the line. Sure the effects are quaint now but put in context quite extraordinary.
A film that could've potentially impressed me, this adventure film lacks an adventurous story. The SFX were crude for its time but ultimately impressive & was the best part of the film. But the lack of wonder, Love's many closeups, the pointless Ape Man, & Beery's cranky performance makes this a letdown. A few laughs are had in the allosaurus' & their insatiable appetite.