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TWO LOST FILMS FROM THE ARCHIVE: “NAKED MAN VS BEAST” AND “ABYSSINIA REVISITED”

Sep 28, 2017

Osa and Martin Johnson were movie stars of epic proportion. The paparazzi of the 1920s followed them everywhere, documenting their comings and goings. When they released their African adventure film Simba in 1928, it was an instant success and the two became even greater celebrities. The featurette Naked Man Vs Beast, not screened since the 1930s is adapted from that film and cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. In 1926 Alfred M. Bailey traveled to Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia, with the Field Museum and financed by Chicago Daily News. Museum archivists found four reels of film hidden in Bailey’s collection with some extraordinary content. With the help of Cinema Lab, we’ve reedited the film with an original musical score to be performed live. The Museum’s image archivists will kick off the program with a short lecture on the beauty of these rare films, the preservation work, and how we’re saving films that would otherwise be lost forever.

Please call 303-370-6000 to purchase tickets.