Girl Shy

Dir. Harold Lloyd (1924). Remembered today for one meaning-pregnant stunt on a clockface, a sequence that could be read as concerning the impossibility of hanging in there for longer than your own moment, Harold Lloyd deserves to be more a part of our time. Witness his comic stuntwork atop a racing trolleycar in Girl Shy's great caterwauling chase: face stoic, limbs flailing, always one nudge from disaster. You know when your chair leans back too far, and you startle and just about fall? Lloyd took that moment and lived in it, up high and rocketing ahead. Remembered today for one meaning-pregnant stunt on a clockface, a sequence that could be read as concerning the impossibility of hanging in there for longer than your own moment, Harold Lloyd deserves to be more a part of our time. Witness his comic stuntwork atop a racing trolleycar in Girl Shy's great caterwauling chase: face stoic, limbs flailing, always one nudge from disaster. You know when your chair leans back too far, and you startle and just about fall? Lloyd took that moment and lived in it, up high and rocketing ahead.
Sun., Nov. 4, 3:25 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 5, 7:35 p.m., 2012

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