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New Score for Silent 'Lost World'

September 13, 2000|SUSAN KING

Robert Israel, who composes and arranges music for silent films, has arranged a new score for the academy screening of "The Lost World."

"I am arranging an original score, much how scores were done in the '20s," says Israel, who composed a new score last year for a restored four-hour version of "Greed."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday September 14, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 56 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Film title--The Lon Chaney film "Tell It to the Marines" was identified by an incorrect title in a story about a restored version of the silent film "The Lost World" that appeared in Wednesday's Calendar.

"Back then tons of music was being written for all different kinds of mood pieces that would last anywhere from a minute to five minutes even 10 minutes," he explains. "From these various selections, they could put together a score. That is essentially what I am doing."

Israel was given a video of the restored "Lost World" by the George Eastman House. "I watch the film, time out a sequence," he says. "When a mood changes to catch a particular feeling, then I move to another selection of music."

Though his six-piece Robert Israel Orchestra will be performing the new score for "Lost World," on Friday, Israel will not be leading his group. He's in Europe conducting his original new score of the Lon Chaney silent "Here Come the Marines," which will be seen on Turner Classic Movies next month.

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