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During this ongoing series of live-scores to films from the silent era, Tim Carless has provided musical backdrops to films from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but with this month’s offering we get to sample the work of the other member of the Holy Trinity of the Silent Era: Harold Lloyd. Though Lloyd’s legacy isn’t as strong in the public consciousness as Keaton or Chaplin, amongst aficionados of film, he is considered their equal. High and Dizzy is from 1920 and was written and directed by Hal Roach and stars Harold Lloyd along with Mildred Davis – who later became Lloyd’s wife. It was the first of what were dubbed “Thrill Comedies” – when the star of the film is found in a precarious situation, hanging off a building or similar. Running at 26 minutes. It’s a comedy that involves sleep-walking, whisky, and a window ledge. Carless will be performing solo live from his studio in Carrboro.
Courtesy of Harold Lloyd Entertainment