Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job ... See full summary »
Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
The movie comic genius of Harold Lloyd is presented. The majority of this documentary shows scenes if not almost complete movies in some instances of Lloyd's, those clips grouped together by themes omnipresent in comedies, such as surprise, satire and situation. One segment is devoted to Lloyd's later movies, a type which many of his contemporaries were unable to move into, namely the talkies. Another special sequence is devoted to the fact that Lloyd did most of his own stunts, those taking place high above street level done without trick photography and before safety measures were put into place within the industry.Written by
Another High Concept Movie that doesn't quite work out.
Harold Lloyd made some of the funniest comedies in the 1920s, right? Right! So if we take the funniest parts of of his funniest movies and make a movie out of just them, it will be even funnier, right? Right.
Well, no, actually. Yes, Harold Lloyd's movies are hilarious, but no, the gag sequences by themselves aren't as funny. Yes, they are wonderful to look at in terms of sheer invention and execution, but without the context of who Harold is this movie and why he happens to be pulling that particular gag, it isn't as funny. It's Harold Lloyd. It's comedy clips. You expect him to be doing something funny, so you're expecting it. Funny is unexpected. "I never saw that one coming". Instead of wondering how he's going to get out of this predicament, you wonder what predicament he's going to get into next.
By all means, go see the Harold Lloyd movies, but see them as they were meant to be seen, not as someone decided forty years later how they should be seen. Even if it was Harold Lloyd.
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