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Kenneth Turan’s film pick: ‘Safety Last!’

Kenneth Turan’s film pick: ‘Safety Last!’
Harold Lloyd stars in “Safety Last!”
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There may be no more famous stunt in all of silent film than Harold Lloyd hanging from the hands of a huge clock overlooking downtown Los Angeles in 1923’s “Safety Last!”

Though his star has eclipsed a bit, Lloyd has always been considered one of the great silent clown triumvirate along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. On April 18, in honor of the film’s 90th anniversary, it will be possible to see a brand-new digital transfer of that celebrated film at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, part of Film Independent’s screening series there.

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Those wanting to find out how the stunt was put together can consult John Bengtson’s comprehensive “Silent Visions” book. Those who want to own a DVD or Blu-ray of this spanking new version will have to wait until the Criterion Collection disc comes out in June.

But nothing beats the experience of watching it on LACMA’s great big screen right now.

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