Category Archives: Action/Adventure

Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

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Watching Tarzan of the Apes is, I imagine, a bit like being an actual movie goer in 1918. And I mean being a movie goer in some store-front movie house on the Western prairies, not worshiping at one of the temple-to-cinema movie palaces of urban centers. Which is to say, Tarzan of the Apes is pretty standard stuff, designed to be thrilling and to put butts in the seats. Read the rest of this entry

The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World Restored DVD - Pretty Clever FilmsOne of the distinct pleasures of watching silent movies is witnessing the birth of an art form. Techniques were not established, narrative forms were not structured, there was no such thing as trope. In watching silent movies, you can see the invention of all the things we now accept as standard not only from year to year and movie to movie, but almost from scene to scene. The Lost World (1925), the very first feature length animated film, does not disappoint on this level.  Loosely adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, the movie was directed by Henry O. Hoyt and features pioneering claymation work from Willis O’Brien (the same O’Brien who will bring us much more perfected techniques eight years later in King Kong). Read the rest of this entry

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