Great films that you can watch that are under 100 minutes long. Not all masterpieces but all are highly recommended,…
Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular.
My streak of watching it least one movie a day for the entire 2014 year almost came to an end today.....but I managed to get not one but two Harold Lloyd movies in. Granted The Freshman was only 76 minutes long and Bumping Into Broadway was only 25 minutes long.
In the The Freshman, Lloyd plays an awkward new college student (interesting that Lloyd played a doctor three years earlier). He wants to be popular but almost all of his efforts backfire. This one does provide Lloyd with some interesting scenes. My favorites would be when he tries out for the football team. Instead of making the team he ends up as the tackling dummy and the water boy. I…
“Lloyd was outstanding even among the master craftsmen at setting up a gag clearly, culminating and getting out of it deftly, and linking it smoothly to the next. Harsh experience also taught him a deep and fundamental rule: never try to get “above” the audience.”
-James Agee, Comedy’s Greatest Era
Chaplin is a saint, Keaton a bit of a devil (at least according to the laws of physics). Lloyd is us. In The Freshman especially, all he is trying to do is fit in. Lloyd’s plots are broken up into sequences in the same way as Chaplin – you could mix and match scenes pretty easily without too much interruption of rhythm or flow – but within the scenes, he…
One nerdy College student, one old-fashioned Girl, a speech and a kitten, empty trails of ice cream cones, a real-life human dummy, a tiring football practice, a very ridiculous Fall Frolic, a laughable wardrobe malfunction, one big exciting game, and one heck of a truck load of a nightmarish embarrassment.
When it comes to Silent comedies, there are three big names: Charles Chaplin – primarily well-known as the “Little Tramp” character; Buster Keaton – often referred as the “Great Stone Face” whose masterpieces includes “Our Hospitality”, “Sherlock Jr.”, “The General” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”; and Harold Lloyd – the modern guy striving for success who astonishingly climbed up the facade of a twelve-story building and accidentally find himself on a…
As part of my Letterboxd Season Challenge
Less slapstick, more just silent rom-com, as it depends far more on situational comedy and hands down the sharpest use of intertitles Ive seen, than visual gags (although some set pieces, like the famous football game, are fantastic). This isnt a bad or a good thing, its still hilarious, sweet and highly entertaining, but ito. the never ending slapstick argument, Lloyd just didnt quite match Keaton or Chaplin's physical comedy for me (his spectacular Safety Last being a noteworthy exception). He was by far the most likable of the triad though and that made up for most. A great American underdog story.
'Safety Last!' < 'The Freshman'
Harold Lloyd is a silent star I've watched a whole lot less of than Keaton and Chaplin. Certainly he's worthy to be mentioned in the same breath. 'The Freshman's climactic football scene is nowhere near as iconic as the clock scene from 'Last!', but as it's just as entertaining. 'Freshman' actually has a lot of emotion driving the story too. Despite no spoken words, the sad heckling of popular kid-wannabe is both moving and hilarious. 'The Freshman' is 90 years old, but still has a youthful energy that remains everlasting.
The Freshman is one of Lloyd’s most amiable adventures. It was his most commercially successful film and perhaps is my personal favourite. The stunts and set pieces are less spectacular than Safety Last! or Girl Shy. But there is something warm and endearing about Harold’s attempts to make good amongst the smug elite of Tate College. There isn't always a 'Harold' in Harold Lloyd pictures in the way there is a Charlie or Buster. In a lot of his pictures he is a blank spectacled cipher creating spellbinding chaos around him. His screen persona is not as well formed as his great peers. But this is different in The Freshman . There is more personality to him here. He is,…
After having enjoyed Safety Last!, I wasn't too crazy about this one. Harold Lloyd is a great performer, but I didn't particularly find the story or gags that funny. Interesting how it touched upon alienation within the college experience. The clique nature of American secondary education is such an alien concept to me anyway that I usually can't relate to.
It baffles me that the advent of filmmaking made so many people forget how to tell stories. I'm not going to give this film a pass because it was "early cinema"; storytelling had been around in various forms for millennia by the time this thing rolled around.
There's a lot about this film that I enjoyed, including some great moments of symbolism and visual comedy. But I just can't get past the incoherent plot.
Football stuff is sad and sweet and funny. Everything else is pretty dumb.
Sometimes the best plan is the simplest one. This principle holds true for Harold Lloyd’s pioneering sports comedy--The Freshman, as it does for Lloyd’s character in the film, Harold Lamb. Lamb is the prototypical incoming freshman, eager to please and with aspirations to be the most popular kid on campus. His ambitions—and our amusement—involve running down a laundry list of tasks that’ll boost his image around his peers, whether it’s free ice cream for everyone or getting on the football team.
The naive path towards success offer ample opportunities for laughs--often at Lamb’s expense, but Lamb’s sincerity and the film’s brisk pacing keeps the whole affair light-hearted. Harold Lloyd’s proficiency at delivering top-notch physical comedy--particularly during the climactic school dance scene--helped propel his earnest schoolboy character into a classic comedy superstar. Harold Lamb would’ve been impressed.
whoof. these are hitting really close to home...
both this and SAFETY LAST are about characters who begin by misrepresenting themselves, then spend the rest of the film desperately trying to keep up with their personas... there's no such thing as impostor syndrome or even garden-variety self-doubt in either, though. the characters sincerely believe they deserve their success (and I think the films do, too...).
in THE FRESHMAN, college-bound harold lamb finds a formula for popularity in books and films. his father poignantly frets that if his son follows that formula, his fellow students will "break his heart—or his neck"; however, the first time Harold uses it, it garners him a group of friends—friends who, it transpires, are there to…
Harold Lloyd's eighth feature-length comedy is absolutely hilarious, and filled with a surprising amount of heart. Lloyd's character might be nearly as bumbling as Chaplin and Keaton, though he doesn't quite capture their sense of comedic timing, but he also has a degree of self awareness that humanizes him more than either of his contemporaries.
The universal desire for acceptance, and the very American desire for reinvention through popularity are strong themes, and the film's writers and directors hang a series of increasingly funny sequences off of this solid frame. Jobyna Ralston and the rest of the supporting actors do fine work, but Lloyd's charisma and everyman-relatability is really what truly makes this film great.
Film #12 of the Twelve Decades of Cinema Project
So much of movie history is still in living memory that it's unusual to watch a movie and realize it's nearly 100 years old. I can only imagine how much of the comedy is lost on me, and of course some jokes are funny in a different way to me than to audiences then. But there are still a lot of genuinely funny, clever gags that would be great today. The Freshman is essentially a nerds vs. jocks college movie, with sneering bullies and a crusty dean, a Revenge of the Nerds 60 years before Revenge of the Nerds. I don't know if that's "timeless," exactly, but I'd say you're close enough if you've gone 100 years and still make me laugh.
The first film shown today at the Film 100 lecture class I'm attending.
The Freshman is a pretty standard silent slapstick film, but was still pretty entertaining nonetheless. I haven't had the chance to see Harold Lloyd's other films, but from what I can tell, this is him at his most enthusiastic and like with the "serious" appearance he's known for. Some funny gags here and there, and there's even some nice tracking shots near the end during the big football game. For some reason I was expecting a little more character development for some of the minor characters (the dean, Speedy's girlfriend, etc.), but it seems that didn't really happen, maybe with the exception of Tate's football coach. I probably shouldn't be expecting most other "great" silent films as this one to be as delicate as City Lights.
Safety Last! has the undeniably amazing climb to the clock sequence but The Freshman is the one that made me fall for Harold Lloyd. This movie is laugh out loud funny and has moved me to tears both times I've watched it.
It's not a sports film, it's a film about a college freshman named Harold Lamb (the name alone makes me chuckle) who wants to be liked by his new class mates.
He's such a dork that he spends a week practicing a funny little jig to introduce himself to people that he saw in a new film (6 times in one day). As you'd expect, he's clumsy and constantly making a fool of himself. Fellow class mates quickly…
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