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Today’s Groupon gets you moving pictures moving soundlessly through the adventuresome thrillmotions and crazywild locomotions of yesteryear. See 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Lost World, or The Adventures of Prince Achmed at The Paramount Theatre as part of Seattle Theatre Group’s Silent Movie Mondays series with musical musician Jim Riggs plucking the keys and chords of the plots on the mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Silent movies are a great opportunity to practice quiet ventriloquism and seeing movies in black and white prevents ocular irritation of the eye organs. These classics of early cinema use illusionary cinematic techniques, trick photography with superimposed images, and innovative dissolves and cuts to create a science fiction film world free of CGI transformers, CGI Gollums, and CGI CGIs. Seeing the genius and ingenuity early filmmakers use to create special effects is a great way to learn about the evolution of cinema. Choose from: * The Lost World: an adaptation of an Arthur Conan Doyle book about prehistoric beasts and explorers with stop motion by the man who would later do stop motions for the original King Kong. Sir Arthur makes an appearance, as do brontosauruses and a Pteranodon mistakenly identified as a pterodactyl. * The Adventures of Prince Achmed: the oldest surviving animated film. The story is based on elements of One Thousand and One Nights and animated using more than 250,000 cardboard cutouts. * The 1916 film adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: known for its beautiful underwater sequences, shot before cameras had the stamina to go 20,000 leagues under the sea and animate CGI transformers there.
Yelpers give Seattle Theatre Group shows at Paramount Theatre 4.5 stars. IMDB users give 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea seven stars out of 10, The Lost World 7.1 stars, and The Adventures of Prince Achmed an 8.1-star rating: > * I found this film [20,000 Leagues Under the Sea] extraordinary, if for no other reason than the fact, that that they used underwater photography showing divers in deep sea helmets using what looked to be rifles with spears attached (early spear guns, I imagine) actually shooting at a large group of sharks swimming around them. – gzwebdiver-1, IMDB > * Lotte Reiniger’s “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” is one of the most amazing achievements in the history of cinema. – soriano329, IMDB > * This [The Lost World] is the one that started it all, before King Kong, Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Godzilla, Jurassic Park, etc. Nearly eighty years ago, this ambitious silent film was unleashed on an astonished public, the story adapted from the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. – ramaken33, IMDB
Early silent films lack the sophisticated cinema techniques and special effects of movies today, but early film directors, like the innovative E.B. Emmet, made up for their limitations with ingenuity. Here are some of Emmet's early silent films that overcame technical hurdles to become masterpieces:
- Horses Running: Early cameras were subject to explosion when attempting to film multiple objects moving at the same time. To show an image of two horses appearing to run simultaneously, director Emmet filmed one horse and, via intertitle, instructed audiences "to imagine where there is one, there is two."
- Cecil and Abe Meet The Fish-Man: To film the popular comedy duo's first underwater adventure, Emmet invented a working underwater camera and a non-operational oxygen tank. Future titles in the Cecil and Abe series contained noticeably less Abe.
- Adventure on Mars! : To distract from his inability to convincingly replicate the Red Planet, this film contains a shocking amount of nudity.
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