|Lloyd's physical comedy is brilliant.|
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan and H.M. Walker
Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis and Bill Strothers
Plot Summary: A young salesman (Lloyd) comes up with a daring stunt to get money to marry his girlfriend.
Significance: Considered one of the greatest silent comedies of all time, it was added to the National Film Registry by the U.S. National Film Preservation Board in 1994. The film also made the AFI's 100 Years… 100 Thrills list (at #97) for its iconic skyscraper sequence.
Thoughts: I didn't like my first physical comedy blind spot this year, but Safety Last! is a wonderful comedy that lives up to its reputation. Harold Lloyd's brand of physical comedy is exciting and thrilling, and it is used very well in this film. Most of his gags require him to throw his full body into them, as Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton did. This kind of comedy is fascinating when done well, especially since the stories are often quite thin, as this one is. It's a simple story that, at under 70 minutes, moves very fast, but the physical comedy is what really makes it worth watching. The extended final sequence, which was notably featured in Martin Scorsese's Hugo a few years ago, is breathtaking, as Lloyd climbs a skyscraper with a crowd watching below. It's astounding how great the special effects are in this sequence. Brisk, clever and very entertaining, Safety Last! is one of the best silent comedies I've ever seen.
This is the third film in my 2015 Blind Spot Series, as first started by Ryan McNeil.
Oh, this film is a classic. It is truly one of my favorite discoveries of last year.ReplyDelete
I was surprised that I loved it so much, but it really is a classic. Glad to know you're a fan, too.Delete
I want to check out more of Harold Lloyd's movies and short films. Safety Last exceeded my expectations, great from start to finish. Glad you loved it too!ReplyDelete
Yeah, I haven't seen any other Lloyd films either, so I'll have to check some out as well.Delete
This is a blind spot for me too. I've been working on my silent movie viewing but most of the silent comedy I've seen has been Chaplin. I know this is considered one of Lloyd's best and since you liked it I'll have to move it up my list.ReplyDelete
Chaplin is my favorite silent comedian, but I love what little I've seen from Keaton and Lloyd. Hope you enjoy this one!Delete
Hey, we both have a silent film for our Blindspot this month. I haven't even heard of Lloyd before. I should include a Buster Keaton comedy next year, I haven't seen anything he's in yet either.ReplyDelete
Yeah, that was a funny coincidence. If you include a Buster Keaton film, I'd go with The General. ;)Delete
I will do that! Been hearing great things about that one. If it's on Netflix, I might see that this year yet.Delete
Yay! Hope you get a chance to see it.Delete