Silent movie accompanied with live performance at Indian Lake Theater

INDIAN LAKE - The Indian Lake Theater will step back in time as it shows the 1923 Harold Lloyd silent movie, "Safety Last" with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model, famed silent film historian.

The theater hopes to rekindle the "good olde days" with Lloyd's work and will spice up the performance with live accompaniment. The show will premiere Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.

"Researching the silent film era and Harold Lloyd's background was just fascinating and great fun," stated theater director Pat Connor. "We are excited for this performance."

"Safety Last," contains one of the best remembered scenes of Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high above a city street.

Model has served as resident silent film accompanist on both piano and organ for The Museum of Modern Art in New York City for more than 25 years. Model composes and improvises all his own scores, and performs in a style that is reminiscent of the silent era. He is also a silent film historian. In the spring of 2006, Model co-curated MoMA's acclaimed two-month retrospective of the films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. and in May 2009 he co-curated MoMA's series Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Social Commentary in the American Slapstick Film, which he also co-taught as a class for MoMA in Nov. 2008.

The collaboration of having a silent film with live accompaniment at ILT came when board president Ben Strader and Connor met with David Reuther and Kathryn Reinhardt of the Champlain Valley Film Society. Model was already scheduled to perform at CVFS and welcomed the opportunity to perform at ILT as well.

Tickets are $10. For further information, visit to www.indianlaketheater.org or call 648-5950.

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