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Thursday, April 15 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mostly Lost Presents: The Lost Origins of Silent Horror Icons

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This presentation channels the spirit of the Library of Congress Mostly Lost film identification workshop. About 70% of American silent feature films no longer exist. While the loss of so many silent films is a tragedy, it has been especially devastating for the horror genre. For almost any horror character icon you can think of—Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, or even general creatures like mummies and werewolves—the very first appearance of that character on screen is lost. Lost along with them is the genre’s history. How different might werewolf movies be today if the very first werewolf film made had survived? The loss of 101 Bison’s 1913 film The Werewolf means few people are aware that film’s first wolfman was actually a wolfwoman. This talk by long-time Mostly Lost attendee Kelly Robinson will bring to light this and other lost film stories, changing the way we perceive horror history.

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Robert Stone

Library of Congress
Rob created and co-directs the "Mostly Lost" film identification workshops along with Rachel Del Gaudio. Prior to the Library of Congress Rob worked at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the USC-Warner Bros. Archive. In addition to his career long obsession with identifying the... Read More →
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Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson is a freelance writer and independent researcher with a particular interest in horror films, popular culture, and weird history. She is a two-time finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. Her essay, “Where the Wild Roses Grow: The Strange Allure of Murder Ballads” appears... Read More →

Thursday April 15, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
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