THE FRESHMAN (1925)

A unique variation on the classic movie experience when Thomas Golubić creates a live DJ re-score for one of Harold Lloyd’s most popular silent comedies. Golubić is an acclaimed music supervisor, DJ and record producer whose SYNCHRONIZE re-score project has created new music mixes for such classic films as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Taxi Driver (1976). Lloyd’s comedy didn’t just mine college football for laughs. It created the college football genre. As with all of his films, the story is strongly grounded in character: Lloyd stars as the title character, so eager to become popular he doesn’t realize he’s being made a fool of by everyone except the landlady’s daughter (Jobyna Ralston), who is falling for him. His efforts to get on the football team land him jobs as tackle dummy and water boy until the big game, when he has to stand in for an injured player, with sidesplitting results. The film’s best-remembered scene, however, doesn’t involve football. Hosting the big fall dance, Lloyd arrives in a hastily put together suit that gradually falls apart without his knowledge. THE FRESHMAN was Lloyd’s biggest hit and was so closely associated with his image that when he made his comeback film, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947), director Preston Sturges incorporated footage from it.

(d. Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 106m, Blu-ray)

Presented in collaboration with the Harold Lloyd Trust

In attendance: THOMAS GOLUBIĆ, SUZANNE LLOYD