Sagas of Love and Mutiny to Unspool at Academy’s Lost and Found Screenings
Beverly Hills, CA — A melodrama about a backstage love triangle and a tale of kidnapping and shanghaied sailors will both unfold during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Lost and Found” screenings of “Triumph” (1917) and “The Blood Ship” (1927) on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The program will feature live piano accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.
“Triumph” and “The Blood Ship” are recently rediscovered silent films that were once thought to be lost. The screenings are a result of the latest preservation efforts by the Academy Film Archive.
Starring Lon Chaney and Dorothy Phillips, “Triumph” is the story of an actress who is in love with a playwright, but who is also the target of a stage manager blackmailing her for her affections. With the loss of many of Chaney’s earliest films, the rediscovery of the first three reels of “Triumph” sheds welcome light on the actor’s early career. Photographs and title cards have been added to complete the story.
With the recent discovery of the film’s final reel, “The Blood Ship” will be screening in its entirety for the first time since its original release 80 years ago.
The story takes viewers on a sea adventure filled with intrigue and skullduggery as a man searches for his kidnapped child after serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit. Based on a novel by Norman Springer, “The Blood Ship” stars Hobart Bosworth, Jacqueline Logan and Richard Arlen.
“Lost and Found” is a periodic screening series designed to showcase archival prints that have been recently rediscovered, or films that have been restored from new materials that improve the presentational quality of previous available versions.
Tickets to “Lost and Found” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, October 1, by mail, at the Academy box office during regular business hours, or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.
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