Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989)

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“Harold Lloyd was an ordinary American businessman. He lived a conventional life. He would get up in the morning and go to work. His work was being a genius.” – David Chasman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and career of one of the greatest relatively unknown comic geniuses of the silent film era.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is so eye opening about the way that Lloyd was able to change movie comedy and slapstick. He is definitely not as well known as Chaplin or Keaton yet still was able to make a huge impact on the industry. The slapstick he created is hilarious to watch especially given how much he was willing to push the envelope even if it caused lots of friction between his work and the studios. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On Sunday, August 24, 1919, while posing for some promotional still photographs in the Los Angeles Witzel Photography Studio, he picked up what he thought was a prop bomb and lit it with a cigarette. It exploded and mangled his right hand, causing him to lose a thumb and forefinger. The blast was severe enough that the cameraman and prop director nearby were also seriously injured. Lloyd was in the act of lighting a cigarette from the fuse of the bomb when it exploded, also badly burning his face and chest and injuring his eye. Despite the proximity of the blast to his face, he retained his sight. As he recalled in 1930, “I thought I would surely be so disabled that I would never be able to work again. I didn’t suppose that I would have one five-hundredth of what I have now. Still I thought, ‘Life is worth while. Just to be alive.’ I still think so.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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