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NZIFF Cinema: Safety Last


Sun 31 Jul 2016, 6:00pm–7:10pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child: $25.00
  • Adult: $40.00
  • Senior: $33.00
  • Student: $33.00
  • Additional fees may apply

This event brings back the most thrill laden classic of silent comedy. Marc Taddei conducts Carl Davis’ original scores for Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! and his rarely seen short film An Eastern Westerner.

“The most famous image of silent comedy - Harold Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock, 12 stories above the streets of Los Angeles - represents only one of the great moments in what could be the most brilliantly sustained comic climax in film history. A marvel, and there’s more in the fine character work that leads Lloyd up to the big moment. The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Harold Lloyd was silent comedy’s daredevil, cannily disguised as an average guy. In the '20s he was more popular than Buster Keaton and in more films than Charlie Chaplin. Though he made a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and a nerdy squint his trademark, he was as physically agile and as daring a movie actor as ever lived. In this most famous of his films he’s a country boy determined to get ahead in the big smoke. Sending letters to his girl back home overstating his progress, to put it mildly, he’s cornered into daredevil mode when she pays a surprise visit, and must scale a 12-storey building.

Marc Taddei conducts the scores for both films. A popular guest conductor throughout Australasia, Marc is currently Music Director of Orchestra Wellington and the Vallejo Symphony in California. His many Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Live Cinema engagements have included an exhilarating The Wind in 2006, an eerily romantic Nosferatu in 2011 and Carl Davis’ orchestration of Chaplin’s score for The Kid last year.

Music for silent films has been an enduring strand of the prolific Carl Davis’ activities. His 1980 score for Abel Gance’s Napoleon triggered an extraordinary revival of interest in silent film, and his oeuvre of more than 50 scores for this medium, including Flesh and the Devil, Ben-Hur, The Thief of Baghdad, Greed, Intolerance and The General, has brought him international acclaim.

NZIFF will begin its 48th year in Auckland on the 14th July at the magnificent Civic Theatre and various other venues across the city. Keep up to date with festival news and events at the website.

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