Archive for Harold Lloyd

Harold and Josephine

Posted in FILM with tags , , on March 21, 2019 by dcairns

MONKEYSHOES, my Harold Lloyd video essay, is now online at Criterion. i think you’ll agree editor (and Shadowcast contributor) Stephen C. Horne did a particularly fine job matching action to word in this one, so that my more abstract musings chime pleasingly with the gags and movements of THE KID BROTHER and Lloyd’s other works.

Here it is.

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The Glasses Character

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2019 by dcairns

I’ve contributed a video essay, with editor Stephen C. Horne, to the new Criterion release of THE KID BROTHER. Harold seeks that elusive edge! Josephine the monkey travesties the human form! Constantine Romanoff exudes depravity!

You can buy it here (US) and here (UK). It’s a charmer!

The Sunday Intertitle: Monkeyboots

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on December 16, 2018 by dcairns

Criterion have just announced their new releases, among which is Harold Lloyd’s THE KID BROTHER. Stephen C. Horne and I have contributed a video essay to this one, the first Anatomy Of A Gag piece to grace an actual Blu-Ray, I believe.

While going through the Lloyd family photo collection — an amazing trove of behind-the-scenes pics — I was kinda startled to be faced with a full-frontally naked man, stripped off to film a river scene. I immediately saw the possibilities for a truly exceptional edition of Film Directors With Their Shirts Off, but on reflection, is a nude Ted Wilde something we really need to see?

THE KID BROTHER might make a good Christmas present for the cinephile in your life, dare I suggest?

I’m currently in the edit on a Criterion project for the New Year… more later.