Harold Lloyd (1893-1971), the famous "Man Hanging from the Clockface," is, with Keaton and Chaplin, one of three geniuses of silent film comedy. With his trademark glasses, toothy grin, and character that vividly reflected the era of the 20s, Lloyd became the most popular comedian on the screen, producing more movies than Keaton and Chaplin combined. He created the language of "thrill" comedy, influencing not only his contemporaries, but also modern directors and writers as well - his race-to-the-rescue scene in Girl Shy was the model for the final sequence of The Graduate. This book is a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of Lloyd's movie making - the innovative techniques, the development of the elaborate and thrilling comic sequences, and the idea process - from his early days in silent film through his work in talking pictures. With glorious, never-before-published photographs, film stills from the archives of the Harold Lloyd Estate and Film Trust, and a text by film historian Jeffrey Vance and Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne, the book paints a portrait of a master filmmaker and comedian.
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Jeffrey Vance is co-author of Abrams' Buster Keaton Remembered and co-author of two books on Charlie Chaplin. An authority on silent comedy and a film archivist, he has been involved in the restoration of many silent films. He lives in Pasadena, CA. Suzanne Lloyd, a granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, is the author of 3-D Hollywood and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius. She lives in Westwood, CA.From Booklist:
Vance follows his posthumous collaboration with Buster Keaton's widow, Buster Keaton Remembered (2001), with a partnership with the granddaughter of Keaton's great contemporary film comedian, Harold Lloyd (1893-1971). The results are less lively, though Suzanne Lloyd is very much alive. Whereas Vance completed a text Eleanor Keaton had prepared, here he is the principal writer. Suzanne's worthiest contribution is a memoir of growing up in her grandparents' palatial home, Greenacres. The text about Lloyd's life and films leaves minor questions unanswered and smothers Lloyd's genius in bland froth. On the other hand, the master speaks powerfully for himself in a hefty excerpt from an American Film Institute Master Seminar and overwhelmingly in the 225 photographs of his life and work that make this one of the best-looking film books ever. An enthusiastic photographer, Lloyd amassed an enormous collection of his films and the still photographs made during their production. Every page attests that these pictures were brilliantly fashioned to begin with and then kept in pristine condition. Ray Olson
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