Harold Lloyd's Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

5 thoughts on “Harold Lloyd's Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film”

  1. As you observed first-hand, no “acquired taste” is necessary for Keaton or Lloyd. What they did is just as impressive now (maybe more) as it was back then. They did stunts in 1920 that only experienced stunt people would attempt today and probably with alot more safety precautions. If I remember correctly, though, Lloyd lost part of his hand in an explosion and Keaton broke a neck bone not diagnosed until many years later — do you think their production companies carried insurance? Probably not!

    1. Thanks AK! Yes I did, and although I would just looooove to take credit, truth is an iPhone app called Instagram did all the work. 😉

  2. Sounds like a wonderful evening! Although, not quite as ornate as the Orpheum, I did catch Safety Last, along with the Robert Israel Orchestra, 2 years ago at the first TCM Festival. I had the same reaction. Even though I had seen the film before on video, it was entirely different and much grander experience seeing it projected on the large Egyptian screen. I wish the LA Conservancy would expand their screenings to be year round and maybe even add a weekend screening. Here’s hoping.

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