This month, we have three landmark silent films screening here at the Weinberg Center… all with live accompaniment on our mighty Wurlitzer organ! As works of art, the films can speak for themselves, but how many people know the stories behind the films? Here are just a few fun facts you should know before catching these classics on the big screen:
Harry O. Hoyt’s “The Lost World” (1925) – November 4 at 3:00pm
- “The Lost World” was the first full-length feature film made in the United States that used stop motion animation for its monsters.
- In 1922, before the film’s release, Willis O’Brien’s special effects were shown to the public in some test footage. The effects were so ahead of their time, The New York Times ran a front-page feature calling the film’s world and monsters “extraordinarily lifelike,” and that “if fakes, they were masterpieces.”
Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” (1927) – November 4 at 8:00pm
- The film is considered to be the start of Hitchcock’s famous psychological-thriller style, which was so shocking at the time that its producer, Michael Balcon, almost shelved the film and ended Hitchcock’s career.
- The film is based off of Marie Belloc Lowndes’ book of the same title, which was based off of a landlady’s anecdote about renting a room to the infamous killer Jack the Ripper.
Alan Crosland’s “The Beloved Rogue” (1927) – November 25 at 8:00pm
- This classic film was lost for over 40 years until a tinted and toned copy was discovered in film pioneer Mary Pickford’s personal film collection during the late 1960’s.
- This was child actor Dickie Moore’s film debut. He is best known for his lead role in the 1933 classic “Oliver Twist.”
See you at the theater!