Safety Last

  • Sat Dec 7
    2:00
  • Sun Dec 8
    4:30
Safety Last

Sat matinees $4 adults
$3 kids 12+ under
cosponsored with Ithaca Youth Bureau

director:
Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor
cast:
Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis

Perhaps Lloyd’s best thriller-comedy, the film climaxes with the famous scene of the cavalier klutz-acrobat Lloyd dangling from a clock twelve stories above the ground after he’s forced to play the role of human fly. The story of a country boy trying to get rich quick in the big city is a clever satire of the American Dream, and includes tons of fabulous visual puns and character gags of Lloyd trying to beat the system. A silent film classic that thrills kids and adults alike with its outrageous stunts and close calls that, in this era of movie-making, were nothing less than actual brushes with disaster. “Lloyd had his own brand of native genius and left behind a documentary-like legacy that more vividly imparted the look and feel of the ‘20s than his peers. Thus his ‘climb’ [in Safety Last] is more frighteningly real and majestically social because of the impervious city that can be glimpsed in every frame.” (Village Voice)

website: janusfilms.com/safetylast/

format
DCP
runtime
1 hour 14 minutes
release year/country
1923 USA