Anything But Silent: Classics with Live Organ Accompaniment At Cinema Arts Centre

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Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30pm


Harold Lloyd’s death-defying, thrilling, and very funny comedy about a young man from the country who will do whatever it takes to impress the love of his life includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era: Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from the outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic. “Safety Last” screenswith live accompaniment by MoMA’s Ben Model in the monthly Anything But Silent Series on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 631-423-7610

Members $9 / Public $14. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theater hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 

Harold Lloyd, ranked alongside Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin as one of the Kings of Silent Comedy, stars in this classic film about a young man from the country who, in an attempt to impress his fiancee, gets involved in an outrageous publicity stunt – he must climb the side of a skyscraper! The famous and thrilling climax – where Lloyd hangs from the hands of a clock dozens of stories above the city streets – has become a landmark image of Silent Cinema. In today’s age of computer-generated special effects, the film’s amazing realism seems an almost impossible achievement. Shot without trick photography on rooftop sets, the oft-excerpted clock-hanging sequence is a deserved legend, but only the topper to a relentless succession of priceless gags. (USA, 1923, 73 min., b/w, silent • Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor Writers: Harold Lloyd, Hal Roach, Sam Taylor • Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis) 

Ben Model is one of the USA’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past 27 years. Ben co-curated MoMA’s “Cruel and Unusual Comedy” series and    Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckleretrospective, and also curatedShout!Factory’s new “Ernie Kovacs Collection” DVD box set. A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 14th season in NYC. Ben’s recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD releases from Kino Video and others. Ben’s composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin, Keaton and Lloydare performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras .and by concert bands.

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