Harold Lloyd’s modernity

Harold Lloyd never wanted his films to be aired on television to prevent publicity from breaking them up. Only at the end of the 70s did they reach the small screen before the amazement of an audience that rediscovered a genius of the silent cinema that the kids of today contemplate fascinated. And is that in 1928, a year before the Great Depression, Lloyd was the richest actor in the world. He was not even shadowed by Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton. In his characters he always represented the average American from the big city, a modern man.

Lloyd remains in the collective memory hanging from the hands of a clock over the abyss. But the protagonist of ‘The Fly Man’ was more than just a reckless acrobat. He was a pioneer in making test passes and modifying aspects of the film to accommodate the taste of the public. Away from Chaplin’s melodramatic and transcendent tone, Lloyd exuded optimism and moved at ease in romantic comedy. In the 1920s, he shot on the streets of Manhattan, something unusual for the time, in order to capture the realism and freshness of the real world. Almost half a century ahead of the Nouvelle vague. In Filmin they have the amazing ‘Lightning Bolt’, their last silent film, in which they try to save the last remaining animal-drawn tram in New York.

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