IMA Screens “Safety Last!” and “One Week” with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

This Friday, February 26 the IMA and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra join forces to present Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! with Buster Keaton’s One Week. This annual event at the Tobias Theatre in the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a favorite in Indianapolis music and film. This double feature brings to life the old fashion movie theatre experience: a silent film coupled with a theatre orchestra. This Indianapolis event is a unique experience not to be missed.

The evening kicks off with Buster Keaton’s short silent film One Week, released in 1920. This nineteen minute movie was the first to be released that was directed by and starred Buster Keaton. Co-starring Sybil Seely, the film follows a newlywed couple as they attempt to assemble a “do it yourself” house. The kit, given to the pair as a wedding gift, is a misguided attempt by a rejected suitor to ruin the couple’s first days of marriage.

With boxes that are out of order and incomplete and incorrect instructions, Keaton manages to put together the couple’s first love nest. That is until he realizes he has built it on the wrong spot. Hilarity ensues in this directorial debut from Keaton. In 2008, the film was selected for preservation by the United States Film Registry, recognized as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Following Keaton’s One Week, the feature film Safety Last! takes center stage. Released in 1923, the film stars Harold Lloyd, one of the three “geniuses” of comedy along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. In the film, the central character Harold Lloyd, who shares his name with the actor portraying him, is a country bumpkin off to the big city to make it big. After securing a position at De Vore Department Store, Lloyd finds himself playing a host of stunts to escape the troubling eye of the uppity head floorwalker.

The pattern seems to continue even outside of work, as Lloyd finds himself in a series of troublesome situations that require huge stunts to escape. Meanwhile, in an attempt to trick his girl back home that he has become successful, he sends her presents way out of his price range. When she shows up in the city to join him, he finds himself pretending to be the general manager of the store.

When she learns of a contest to bring publicity to the store, she encourages Lloyd to throw his hat in the ring. Through another series of hilarious events, Harold Lloyd ends up climbing the twelve story building in which the department store it housed. The film culminates with one of the most famous shots in cinematic history. Harold dangles hopelessly high above the street grasping at the hands of a giant clock. The image has been repeated in countless cartoons and films.

Don’t miss this very special Indianapolis art event at the IMA this Friday. Each film will be accompanied by live music composed by Carl Davis and performed by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (conductor Kirk Trevor). Enjoy these hilarious and historical films as they are illuminated through a thirty piece orchestra at this beloved Indianapolis art museum.

The film brings at 7:30 pm and is expected to last until 10:00 pm. Tickets for this Indianapolis event are $30.00 for Indianapolis people, $10.00 for Indianapolis kids with a student ID and $25.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum. Sponsored by NUVO Newsweekly.

Before the film grab dinner at the Indianapolis restaurants in the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. Enjoy drinks afterward at the Indianapolis bars in Broad Ripple. Discuss the changing nature of cinema in America and the difference in film of the 1920s and film in 2010. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

Safety Last! and One Week
Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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