Harold Lloyd's Girl Shy and "Never Weaken", Plus Presentation by Film Historian John Bengtson
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American Cinematheque screens producer/star Douglas Fairbanks' 1927 swashbuckler The Gaucho, with live musical accompaniment, followed by a fascinating discussion of the film's magnificent art direction and its influence on another filmmaker, Gene Kelly. Carl Oscar Borg's enormous set was built to be both visually striking and to withstand Fairbanks action-filled stunts, which inspired Kelly's production design as a director. Not only will you see the full, fun Fairbanks movie, in which he plays an amoral Bandit King in the Andes, but you'll also see a clip reel featuring excerpts from Fairbanks' other adventure films, as well as Kelly's work in The Pirate, The Three Musketeers and Singin' in the Rain. Professor John Tibbetts of the University of Kansas (author of Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century) and special guest Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly's widow and biographer, will delve into the relationship between set design and dance and stunt choreography, in a panel moderated by John Muto, the founder of the Art Directors Guild Film Society. Learn More
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I've seen these films both films before on the movie screen and on DVD, however, this presentation at the Eqyptian Theatre was truly outstanding! Both the quality of the screening with live musical accompaniment and especially John Bengston's digital slide presentation. His commentary really enhanced the audience's appreciation of these classic silent films. It's amazing how he can identify the background architectural features & landscapes. It takes your appreciation of classic films to another dimension!
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Film historian John Bengtson, who will be giving a presentation on Harold Lloyd’s use of Hollywood locations in Girl Shy and “Never Weaken," will also be signing his new book Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd in the lobby starting 30 minutes before the screening.
See Harold Lloyd driving a trolley in Girl Shy.
Girl Shy, 1924, Sony Repertory, 82 min, Comedy/Romance, USA. Dir. Harold Lloyd. Shy, stuttering bachelor Harold Meadows (Lloyd) spends his days secluded in a tailoring shop, writing the ultimate guide for bashful young men, The Secret of Making Love. When Harold meets and falls in love with rich Mary, he must somehow stall her impending marriage. One of Lloyd’s most popular feature-length films, featuring fantasy sequences enacting the chapters from his character’s hopelessly misguided book, and his famous breathtaking race across town in order to halt the wedding. Many scenes were filmed in and around recognizable (and now not-so-recognizable) Hollywood landmarks, including the Garden Court Apartments, the Mary Moll residence (future site of the Roosevelt Hotel, built in 1927), the extant Johnny Grant Building and many more. A true early Hollywood experience, Harold Lloyd-style!
“Never Weaken,” (1921, 19 min.) Lloyd’s final short film, and the third of five “thrill” pictures featuring his stunt climbing work (here he stumbles upon the girders of a high-rise building), follows a typically lovelorn Harold, who decides to commit suicide – and spends the majority of the film failing hilariously – when he hears his crush is to marry another. Scenes were filmed immediately adjacent to where the Egyptian Theatre was built in 1922, and where the Pig ’n Whistle was later built in 1927.
John Bengtson, who has previously written about and given Cinematheque presentations on silent comedy masters Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and will conduct a multimedia presentation on Lloyd and Hollywood as location in Girl Shy and “Never Weaken."
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