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The Lost World - matinee

1:00PM, Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Roxy Theatre
320 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X2
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Silence is Golden Silent Movie Event

Ticket prices

All tickets are for general admission (no reserved seating).

1 pm matinee  $26.75

7:30 pm performance  $31.75

Prices quoted INCLUDE service charges and taxes.


Presented by:

New Community Credit Union


Bill Rowson guest conductor

Robert Israel composer

About the concert

Before Jurassic Park, there was The Lost World. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novella, the story only made it to screen due to the special effects genius of Willis O’Brien, whose model dinosaurs were so convincing. The dinosaurs are the stars, but the human cast is led by Wallace Beery as blustery Professor Challenger, who leads an expedition to a lost mesa where dinosaurs still rule and returns to London with a brontosaurus. Havoc ensues.


About The Lost World (1925)

This silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name was directed by Harry O. Hoyt and featureS pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O’Brien (an invaluable warm up for his work on the original King Kong directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack).

In 1922, Conan Doyle showed O’Brien’s test reel to a meeting of the Society of American Magicians, which included Harry Houdini. The astounded audience watched footage of a Triceratops family, an attack by an Allosaurus and some Stegosaurus footage. Doyle refused to discuss the film’s origins. On the next day, the New York Times ran a front page article about it, saying “(Conan Doyle’s) monsters of the ancient world, or of the new world which he has discovered in the ether, were extraordinarily lifelike. If fakes, they were masterpieces”.

The Lost World is a film of many firsts: first film to be shown to airline passengers, in April 1925 on a London-Paris flight by the company Imperial Airways; first feature length film made in the United States, possibly the world, to feature model animation as the primary special effect, or stop motion animation in general; first dinosaur-oriented film hit, which led to other dinosaur movies, from King Kong to the Jurassic Park trilogy.

The Lost World was cut for rerelease in the 1930s and the original negative was subsequently lost. David Shepard meticulously “rebuilt” the film using material from eight different surviving prints from all over the world, cleaning and restoring along the way. The result, which is 50 percent longer than previous prints, is still not complete but closer than any version since its 1925 debut.

The released film on DVD features a classic orchestral score arranged and conducted by Robert Israel. The score for this performance, however, has been newly arranged by Robert Israel for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. His score features original compositions and is also adapted from authentic photoplay music. During the 1920s, there was a similar scoring practice that was followed by music directors in large cinemas; when it was necessary to provide a new score every week using music from the theatre’s library. For this presentation, Robert Israel also orchestrated the score–this is the process in which the music score is arranged for the orchestra musicians. With the wide variety of settings in The Lost World, as well as its unique story content, it allowed a great opportunity to realize many orchestral colors: from urbane London, England; to the raw and exposed nature of the Amazon River; to the wild primordial jungle of the dinosaurs; and finally, the chaotic and dramatic finale back in London.


The Roxy Theatre

Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon (photo: Rosanna Parry Photography)
Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon (photo: Rosanna Parry Photography)

The historic Roxy Theatre, lovingly restored is one of the last remaining atmospheric theatres in western Canada and is one of the city’s architectural treasures. Recently converted to digital technology, the Roxy Theatre provides a movie-going experience reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood without sacrificing comfort or the quality of projection or sound.

Ticket Prices

All tickets are for general admission (no reserved seating).

1 pm matinee  $26.50
7:30 pm performance  $31.50

Prices quoted INCLUDE service charges and taxes.

To purchase tickets online for the 1 pm matineeclick here.

To purchase tickets online for the Saturday 7:30 pm evening performanceclick here.

Tickets are also available at the Roxy Theatre Box Office, 320 20th St W or by visiting the SSO office, 408 20th St W, phone 306.665.6414.