Falling for Harold Lloyd

Posted on March 17, 2011


Today in 3rd grade we watched part of a wonderful movie, Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last”. This classic silent film, made in 1923, was mentioned in the book we are reading, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. So we decided to view part of it to see what movies were like when Hugo was little.

At first the students weren’t sure they were going to enjoy the film; the movie was black and white and silent. But the musical soundtrack, as one girl mentioned, was very catchy and helped keep your attention. Another boy  was fascinated by the fact that Harold Lloyd did all of his own stunts, on location, in New York City. All were amazed that a movie from nearly one hundred years ago could still keep their attention so well. In case you haven’t seen it, check it out below:

After the movie discussion, we continued reading Hugo Cabret. Just when you think one mystery is solved, more appear. Why does Papa Georges’ name appear on the drawings made by Hugo’s mechanical man? And why is he so upset by the sight of these drawings? Will Hugo ever find the answer? And now that his right hand is damaged, what will happen to the clocks he maintains in the train station? Stay tuned as we continue our journey with Hugo.

For more information, check out the author, Brian Selznick’s, website:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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