Thursday, April 15, 2010

Harold Lloyd. "Glasses Character".

Harold Lloyd ranks as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and "talkies," between 1914 and 1947. He is best known for his "Glasses Character" and was perfectly in tune with 1920's.

His films frequently contained "thrill sequences" of extended chase scenes and daredevil feats, for which he is best remembered today. Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in Safety Last! is one of the most popular images in all of cinema.

Harold Lloyd, was very involved with photography, including 3D photography and color film experiments. Some of the earliest 2-color Technicolor tests were shot at his Beverly Hills home (These are included as extra material in the Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection DVD Box Set). He became known for his nude photographs of models, such as Bettie Page and stripper Dixie Evans. He also took photos of Marilyn Monroe lounging at his pool in a bathing suit. In 2004, his granddaughter Suzanne produced a book of his photographs, Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3D!

Lloyd also encouraged a number of younger actors: Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, and particularly Jack Lemmon, whom Harold wanted to play him in a movie of his life and work.

Fun Fact:

Harold Lloyd, was a Great Dane breeder.

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