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quinta-feira, 16 de junho de 2016

Harold Lloyd – um adorável nerd

Eu uso óculos. Na verdade, toda minha família usa óculos. Muitas pessoas que eu admiro usam óculos. E não é de se espantar que eu ache óculos um acessório sexy. Você talvez nunca tenha achado óculos sexy, mas eles realmente me atraem – em especial se estiverem no rosto de uma pessoa charmosa, simpática e de bom coração. E você provavelmente nunca achou Harold Lloyd sexy – mas eu o considero o mais fofo dos nerds do cinema mudo.
I wear glasses. In fact, my whole family wear glasses. Many people that I admire wear glasses. And it is not surprising that I think glasses are sexy. Maybe you have never thought glasses could be sexy, but they really attract me – especially if they are on the face of someone who is charming, nice and has a heart of gold. And you probably never thought Harold Lloyd could be sexy – but I consider him the cutest nerd of silent cinema.
O Harold Lloyd dos filmes mudos é o molde perfeito do loser. Ele é muito atrapalhado, sempre se torna alvo de gozação, mas está cheio de boas intenções e mantém sempre um grande sorriso no rosto.
Silent Harold Lloyd is the perfect example of the loser. He is very goofy, is always bullied and laughed at, but has a lot of good intentions and keeps a huge smile in his face.
Harold estreou no cinema em 1913, e a partir de 1915 ele passou a interpretar o personagem Lonesome Luke. Para atrair o público, na época e também agora, era preciso desenvolver uma persona identificável. Lonesome Luke era facilmente reconhecido por seu bigode, entretanto era muito semelhante ao vagabundo de Chaplin.
Harold entered the movie business in 1913, and in 1915 he started to play a character called Lonesome Luke. To attract the public, then and also now, some actors had to develop an identifiable persona. Lonesome Luke was easily indentified by his moustache, but he was very similar to Chaplin's tramp.
E foi quando Harold, com a ajuda de Hal Roach, desenvolveu um personagem original que ele encontrou seu lugar ao sol em Hollywood. Em 1917 surgiu o personagem “Glasses” - um garoto comum, que em muitos filmes recebia o nome de Harold. Em uma entrevista em 1962, Lloyd declarou sobre seus óculos: “eles mais ou menos me colocaram em uma categoria diferente porque eu me tornei um ser humano. Meu personagem era o garoto que mora na casa ao lado ou na sua rua, mas que ao mesmo tempo podia fazer todas as coisas malucas que fazíamos antes [com Lonesome Luke], mas era crível. Era algo natural e o romance era crível”.
And it was only when Harold, with Hal Roach's help, developed an original character that he found his place in the sun in Hollywood. In 1917 the character “Glasses” appeared – he was a regular boy, and in many films was named Harold. In an interview in 1962, Lloyd recalled about his glasses: “"it more or less put me in a different category because I became a human being. He was a kid that you would meet next door, across the street, but at the same time I could still do all the crazy things that we did before, but you believed them. They were natural and the romance could be believable."
São muitos os filmes, entre longas e curtas-metragens, em que Harold conquistou meu coração – e o do público também. São especialmente adoráveis os filmes em que Harold quer conquistar uma garota, mas não sabe muito bem como (por exemplo, em “Ask Father”, 1919, “Harold, Neto Mimado”, 1922 e as obras-primas “O Homem-Mosca”, 1923, e “O Calouro”, 1925). E há também os filmes com situações mais mundanas, como “Just Neighbors” (1919), que foi o primeiro curtas-metragem de Harold Lloyd que eu vi.
In many of his films, both shorts and features, Harold Lloyd conquered me – and also the audience. There are adorable films in which Harold tries to get a girl (like “Ask Father”, 1919, “Grandma's Boy”, 1922 and the masterpieces “Safety Last!”, 1923, and “The Freshman”, 1925). And there are also the films showing daily situations, like “Just Neighbors” (1919), the first short film I've ever seen from Harold.
É difícil apontar precisamente o que tornava esta persona de Harold Lloyd tão amável. Provavelmente era a maneira com que o público se identificava com ele, e torcia por ele. Talvez fossem mesmo os óculos. Mas o fato é que Harold é carismático e apaixonante. Afinal, não é à toa que Harold Lloyd e seu adorável loser de óculos tenha servido de inspiração para Clark Kent, o jornalista comportado mais famoso dos quadrinhos – e, secretamente, um herói. Igualzinho a Harold Lloyd.
It's difficult to point out precisely what made Harold Lloyd's persona so easy to love. It probably was because the public had an identification with him, and therefore rooted for him. Maybe it was the glasses, after all. The truth is that Harold is charismatic and lovely. And that's why Harold Lloyd and his cute loser with glasses were the inspiration for Clark Kent, the most famous well-behaved journalist from comic books – who was secretely a hero. Just like Harold Lloyd.
This is my contribution to the Reel Infatuation blogathon, hosted by lovely ladies Ruth and Maedez at Silver Screenings and Font and Frock.

6 comentários:

Silver Screenings disse...

I hear you, Le. I like glasses on men – I married one with glasses! ;)

As for the adorable Harold Lloyd, he is the perfect choice for this blogathon. He is so funny and talented and handsome. (Also, you've mentioned a couple of his films that I've never seen, so I'll be looking for those.) Your post is a wonderful tribute to his career and his influence on film history.

Thanks for joining us, and for bringing Harold Lloyd to the party!

Antonoly disse...

Gosto muito de filmes, os antigos então nem se fala.
Um abraço!

Caftan Woman disse...

"Charismatic" "Exciting" "Kind" - You have described Harold Lloyd's appeal so very well. He always makes me feel like there hope and a sunny day ahead.

Blogferatu disse...

I love Harold Lloyd movies! Lloyd and Buster Keaton probably my two favorite silent film actors after Lon Chaney.

Semetra Rhodes disse...

He is cute, isn't he!! Love his films. I am a big fan of silent slapstick and there is a lot of it out there, but Lloyd is by far and away my favorite silent era comedian, maybe my favorite of all time. Love the take on glasses!

christinawehner disse...

I've only just begun to watch Harold Lloyd's films this year, but absolutely love them! You're so right - he is incredibly sympathetic, the most sympathetic comedian I've ever seen. I find myself rooting for him to succeed like no one else.

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