Even the most casual cinephile knows it’s one of the most iconic images in Hollywood history: Harold Lloyd dangling from a super-size clock on the side of a building that towers over busy Los Angeles. But how many have actually seen “Safety Last!”? On the big screen? With a live orchestra? The 1923 silent classic screens Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre accompanied by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO). It’s the latest in the Sounds of Silents series which commissions new scores to silent classics.
Fans of the series can thank film buff and collector Martin Norman who, as a member of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s board of directors, proposed a silent film program back in 2007. (“My wife, Becki, and I have always loved film and film history,” he explains.) Three years later, Sounds of Silents launched its partnership with the BSFO. “Safety Last!” is the eighth collaboration between the two organizations.