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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Published May 1, 2002
by Harry N. Abrams.
Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography.