Sunday March 26 2 p.m. ticketed event
with live music by Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne
Safety Last! (US, 1923, 73 minutes)
100-year anniversary of the film
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend.
Harold Lloyd (1893 – 1971) was an American actor, comedian, and stunt performer who starred in silent comedy films. One of the most influential film comedians of the silent film era, Lloyd made nearly 200 films. His bespectacled "Glass" character was a resourceful, ambitious go-getter who matched the zeitgeist of the 1920s-era United States. His films frequently contained thrill sequences comprised of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats.
Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne is one of the top zydeco bands in the northeast. The band has been invited to play a variety of prestigious venues including the Rhythm and Roots Festival, The Great Connecticut Cajun/Zydeco Music & Arts Festival, the Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Great Blue Heron Festival, and Blast from the Bayou. In addition, the band has been invited to play venues typically reserved for Louisiana zydeco bands such as Johnny D’s in Sommerville, MA, La Belle Époque, NYC, the TK Club, Phila., PA, and the Somebody Scream Dance Series, Baltimore, MD. Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne has appeared with and provided back-up to Willis Prudhomme and has been invited on stage with Zydeco Force, Sean Ardoin and Zydekool, Leroy Thomas and Roy Carrier. The current lineup includes Anne Stork, accordion, Peter Glanville, guitar, Paul Crowley, bass, Phil Shay, drums, and Gordon Rowland, scrub board and sax. All five members contribute vocals.
SPECIAL NOTE: Harold Lloyd Entertainment, holders of the theatrical rights to this film and managed by the Lloyd family, think this might the first time in the 100-year history of the film that it has been accompanied by live Zydeco music!