SAFETY LAST!
1923, Janus Films, 73 min, USA, Dir: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd - the modern guy striving for success - is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, SAFETY LAST! is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success – a climb that results in one of the most iconic images in film history, as Lloyd dangles from a clock high above the streets of Los Angeles.


TAMING OF THE SHREW
1929, United Artists, 63 min, USA, Dir: Sam Taylor

“America’s Sweetheart” may have seemed an unusual choice to play a fiery female, but the Mary Pickford-Douglas Fairbanks team proves unbeatable in this adaptation of the classic Shakespearean comedy. In 16th-century Italy, the bold Petruchio (Fairbanks) rises to the challenge of wooing shrewish Katherine (Pickford), whose headstrong ways have driven off all other suitors. The first sound version of the play on film, this version was originally shot as a silent film, with all the dialogue and sound effects added at a later stage. This was the only film the famous couple made together and the first sound film for Fairbanks.


TAMING OF THE SHREW
1929, United Artists, 63 min, USA, Dir: Sam Taylor

“America’s Sweetheart” may have seemed an unusual choice to play a fiery female, but the Mary Pickford-Douglas Fairbanks team proves unbeatable in this adaptation of the classic Shakespearean comedy - the first and last film the married couple starred in together. In 16th century Italy, the bold Petruchio (Fairbanks) rises to the challenge of wooing Katherine (Pickford), a woman whose headstrong ways have driven off all other suitors. The first sound version of the play on film, this version was originally shot as a silent film, with all the dialogue and sound effects added at a later stage.


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