American actor Harold Lloyd (R) poses for a photograph. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images
One of the iconic faces of the silent film era is that of Harold Lloyd, with his round glasses and straw boater, the everyman who goes to great lengths – and heights – to get the girl.
This Sunday, May 20th at UCLA’s Royce Hall, silent film lovers will be able to see two of Lloyd masterpieces The Kid Brother (1927) and seldom-seen High and Dizzy (1920). The films will be accompanied by the LA Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis who wrote the scores for both movies.
Carl Davis, composer and conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has written music for more than 100 television programs, but is best known for creating music to accompany silent films. In 1980, he started to create scores for silent films beginning with Napoleon and continuing with a series of silent film classics commissioned by Channel Four. In 1981, he collaborated with Barry Humphries on his Last Night of the Poms, revived in 2009. In 1991, Davis collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his Liverpool Oratorio commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
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