Live & Onstage
USA, 1925, 100 minutes
Tue, May 5 / 8:00 / Castro / LOST05C
Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyleís novel of the same name, The Lost World revels in adventure-flick thrills but is equally effective as a cinematic document of our fascination with our own prehistory. Featuring amazing stop-motion sequences by animation pioneer Willis OíBrien, who later animated King Kong, and enlivened by outlandish costumes and sets, this dyno-dino epic was a smash hit upon its release in the mid-Roaring Twenties. An explorerís journal points to the existence of dinosaurs in a far-flung locale, so reporter Edward Malone makes a deal with the robust Professor Challenger and joins a pseudo-scientific expedition to find the mythical monsters. Vicious battles with a menagerie of real and imagined creatures ensue. If only Malone and his fellow explorers stopped to consider the grave consequences before hauling a mad-as-hell Brontosaurus back to their ultramodern metropolis. While the film exemplifies groundbreaking cinematic techniques and razzle-dazzle storytelling, it also serves as a reminder of (hopefully) obsolete American attitudes toward the big, bad world at large. Amid its now dissonant charms are anachronistic cultural stereotypes regarding science, marriage and race (complete with a white actor in blackface). Dengue Feverís score will playfully and lovingly evoke worlds both known and unknown and elevate the The Lost Worldís offbeat humor and singular beauty.
Dengue Feverís repertoire isnít simply Cambodian music or a Cambodian/American hybrid. Bollywood glitz, psychedelic rock, spaghetti Western twang, klezmer, ska, funk and Ethiopian jazz all contribute to the bandís unique sound. Singer Chíhom Nimolís powerful singing voice, in Khmer and more recently also English, is a luminous vibrato that adds exotic ornamentations to her vocal lines and complements the bandís driving sound.