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Cinematic: Dinosaurs and Dengue

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By Jack Feuer

Published Oct 1, 2010 9:00 AM


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Photo courtesy of UCLA Live.

You might think a fantastic adventure about scientists battling prehistoric monsters, ape-men and each other would be advertised as "The Greatest Attraction Your Eyes Have Ever Seen," especially if it were a silent film released in 1925. And that's how the trailer for The Lost World hyped itself. What you probably wouldn't expect is to watch the movie while listening to the "émigré garage rock," as NPR called it, of an L.A.-based band that features a Cambodian vocalist singing in Khmer.

But that's the tantalizing match-up you'll experience at Royce Hall in November, when psychedelic rockers Dengue Fever provide a live score to The Lost World, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous and much-filmed novel.

The Lost World and its dashing hero, Professor George Edward Challenger, has been source material for storytellers since the story was first published in 1912. Its impact has been felt in TV, radio, the movies, video games, cartoons and novels, including Jurassic Park: The Lost World and last year's Land of the Lost, itself adapted from a cult kids' TV show.

Dengue Fever plays vintage Cambodian pop — influenced by the Western music broadcast throughout Southeast Asia by Armed Forces Radio — as realized by brothers Zac and Ethan Holzman and vocalized by lead singer Chhom Nimol. At Royce, Dengue Fever's uniquely infectious grooves will charm and delight as the group sets a playful tone for the onscreen action.

Dengue Fever: The Lost World. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Tickets: $28-$38. For tickets or more information, call (310) 825-2101 or visit www.uclalive.org

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