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The Lost World of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Silent Movie

Nikolas likes to use the intermedial method in the analysis of tartworks

Conan Doyle by E.O.Hopper, Gelatin Silver Print, 1912

The Lost World of Willis O'Brian

The Lost World

The Lost World

The Original, the Script, and Silent Production

  • We destine this article for students of art faculties. The variants of "The lost world" on the screen may be useful for them as an example of creative activities.
  • There is an advantage of inter-medial method in art.
  • The silent production may be very meaningful in developing of teaching tools. While learning English, students may use three sources for making up dialogues: the novel,the script, the silent movie
  • . They have possibility to write own script, synopsis, and review.


Sir Arthur C.Doyle Made the First Step in Rapprochement of Different Media

  • Arthur Conan Doyle delighted with the screening. He demonstrated its sequences for the Society of American Magicians. A famous artist Harry Goudini was present. The spectators are impressed.
  • The hints of C.Doyle convinced the auditory in the documentary origin of the sequences.

The Lost World of 1925 is an American silent adventure movie. First National Pictures, Hollywood produced it.

  • There was Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. Also, it was directed by HarryO'Hoyt, special effects made by Willis O'Brien, the script-writer Marion Fairfax.
  • Conan Doyle appears in a frontispiece to the movie.
  • In 1998, The Lost World recognized "significant" by the Library of Congress. It chose for stock in the United States national Film Registry. Moreover, due to its age, it is in the public domain and can download on site.

Harry Hoyt, Filmmaker



Harry O'Hoyt

  • His film The Lost World is famous for pioneering effort in using of stop-motion animation. Artist, in our case, Harry O'Hoyt, filmmaker, represented as an original generator of metaphors and linguistic play. Moreover, his basis is the presence of cultural text, which may be used in a free technique of bricolage.
  • He enters into complex relations with his precursor, i.e. the writer, Conan Doyle.The given relations are studied a little in the modern aesthetics. First of all, there are correlations between an artistic text and its visual kinetic reflection. The level of freedom in interpretation of the artistic text by a filmmaker is very significant.

The Father of Animation

Willis H. O'Brien, Father of Puppet Animation and a Great Master of Special Effects in Movies

Obie's Characters Consisted in Clay and Rubber

He spread in "The lost world" (1925). He started to cover armatures of future heroes with rubber skins. A rubber bladder allowed his models-monsters to "breathe", to fight.It moves increasing our imaginations and terrible fears.

Pioneering the Special Effects

The Model of Our Relations With Nature

Bessy Love



Alma Benett in the Role of Gladys Hungerford

Alma Benett

Alma Benett

Wallace Beery, as Professor Challenger, in the Scientific Discussion

Pr. Challenger

Pr. Challenger

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Marion Fairfax, Screenwrietr

Marion Fairfax

Marion Fairfax

Marion Fairfax

Movie Screenwriter, Marion Fairfax

  • Marion Fairfax was born in Richmond, Virginia, on October 25, 1875. After graduating from Chicago's South Division High School, she went on to Emerson College in Boston. She was movie screenwriter and Broadway playwright
  • Marion Fairfax was closely associated with director Marshall Neilan. For whom she wrote Freckles (1917) featuring Jack Pickford, the incredibly popular Dinty (1920) starring child actor Wesley Barry. Fairfax also joined the ranks of female directors. She produced and wrote the sentimental The Lying Truth (1922).
  • Her most famous film, The Lost World (1925), was one of last.

Differences between Film and Novel

  • The main difference is the ending. In the novel, Professor Challenger brings a pterodactyl child back to London. He wanted to prove to the people that his adventures were real. The terrible bird escapes, frightens a few people, then flies away.
  • In the film, yet, it is a grown brontosaurus. The Professor carried it the capital of the United Kingdom. The monster escapes to rampage through the streets and breaks Tower Bridge.

With Marion Faitfax the script became the sphere of literature in one hand, in another one as the artistic basis for movie.


The musical instrument

The musical instrument

Ukulele as a Part of the Musical Arrangement in the Lost World: without Words but with Music

Rudolf Friml, Harry B.Smith, Jeanne Gravelle

They produced explanation of the movie with music. The combination of the ukulele and piano was unique, it prepared and explained the perception of many scenes. Hardly can we imagine the silent movie without such exciting music. It formed with special effects the charming of the Lost World.

Actors in The Lost World, Adaptation of 1925, Silent Movies

  • Just in the epoch of the silent movie actors accomplished out the original style of their play due to techniques of facial and body expression.
  • Sometimes, gestures of some actors in the silent movie surpassed the creative activities of their colleagues in sound one. Masterly possession of his body and mimicry could permit Wallace Beery to be a bright example for following.
  • The same concerns to other actresses and actors in The Lost World.

Analogue, Deformation, and Dialogue

Three Main Interpretations of the Literary Message to Screen

  • Regarding the idea of "progress" as one of unsuccessful myths of the Western culture, the postmodern considers movement of the culture from the point of view of multiplication images and names, complication the language and enrichment the content of archetypes.
  • That is why some critics consider three interpretations of the literary message by cinema and TV.
  • There are analogue, deformation, and dialogue. The true adaptation, analogue, is on the Conan Doyle's novel :The Lost World, (1925). The Lost World of 1960 is successful as well, but there are details of deformation. We pay attention to the adaptation of 1998, created by Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie, as an example of the dialogue.

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