THE SILENT TREATMENT: Harold Lloyd in "The Freshman"

Widely regarded as silent clown extraordinaire Harold Lloyd’s masterpiece, The Freshman was hugely popular upon its 1920s release, and is also a scathing satire of what was then a curious pop culture fad: inter-est in the “college life.” Skewering his usual “everyman” persona, Lloyd plays a middle-class kid obsessed not with career, but with becoming a Big Man On Campus. Once enrolled at Tate College, his inability to hit that lofty social mark is an expert mix of comedy and pathos. Eager to get recognition of any kind, Lloyd zeroes in on an impossible goal: to lead the school’s football team to victory for its final big game. As usual, the film is worth seeing for its epic setpieces alone: a superbly choreographed number in which Lloyd’s falling-apart cheap suit is constantly re-stitched by his stealthy tailor during a college dance, and the climactic football game (partially filmed at the Pasadena Rose Bowl!)
Dirs. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1925, DCP, 76 min.

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