Regent Square Theater
4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Cinema junkies will celebrate the close of the 33rd annual Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) with a double header of programs on Sat., Nov. 22nd at Regent Square Theater. The acclaimed festival culminates with day-long film events showcasing the relationship between music and celluloid, the silent era of the silver screen and early pioneering movie making.
Looking for a cinematic family-friendly adventure? Saturday kicks off at 4 p.m. with a matinee screening of The Lost World, the black and white, silent fantasy made by American screenwriter and director Harry O. Hoyt in 1925. Stop motion fans should not miss this adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 adventure novel, which stars Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. Dubbed “the granddaddy of prehistoric monster movies” and pre-dating King Kong by eight years, The Lost World features pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O’Brien.
Don’t miss the rare chance to see this painstakingly restored film reunited with its missing footage, which was recently found in Prague. Making the on-screen action more thrilling will be a live score performed by Boston-based Alloy Orchestra, who are returning fan favorites at 3RFF. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
It all wraps at 8 p.m. with a special screening and closing night party. Featured on the big screen will be the 1926 film, The Son of the Sheik, made by the French-born director and producer George Fitzmaurice. Starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bánky, the classic silent adventure is based on the 1925 romance novel by Edith Maude Hull. The final role for the silent-era film icon, the film was released two weeks after Valentino’s untimely death from peritonitis at age 31. A timeless tale of kidnapping, romance, ransom and revenge, the film is widely considered to be the actor’s finest performance.
Accompanying the screening, Alloy Orchestra will perform their new score for the film. Based in Cambridge, MA, Alloy has composed and performed musical accompaniments to silent classics for more than two decades. Founded in 1990 by percussionists Terry Donahue and Ken Winokur and keyboardist Caleb Sampson, the unique ensemble now features keyboardist Roger Miller, who is best known as front man and guitarist for the seminal post-punk band Mission of Burma.
Don’t miss the Closing Night Party to follow The Son of the Sheik.