Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week

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Safety Last Harold Lloyd clock
Safety Last (1923)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
Who among us name-checks Harold Lloyd when talking about silent comedy? Most of us move instinctively to Chaplin—the bowler, the mustache—or Keaton, omitting (unforgivably!) Lloyd, who once made more movies and more money. He really is funny, our Lloyd—uproarious. In Safety Last, as a small-town boy trying to impress his fiancée in the big city, he scales a building and hangs from the hands of a clock as cars pass below. The less death-defying gags are no less amusing; who, after all, hasn’t wanted to hide in a coat when the rent comes due? Elina Mishuris (Apr 26-30 at Film Forum)

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