At the time I was reading Brian McDonald's latest book, Ink Spots. In it, he makes the point that part of our apprenticeship as filmmakers is to study the work of those who have gone before us, just as Science majors still study the work of Newton and Einstein.
You can see, in the stills which follow, that some very good filmmakers have studied this stunt by Harold Lloyd.
|The original: Harold Lloyd in Safety Last! (1923)|
|Jackie Chan in Project A (1983)|
|Cybill Shepherd in the Pilot of Moonlighting (1985).|
[Notice Bruce Willis, in relative safety to the left, providing helpful advice.]
|Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)|
|This clock is part of the collection on display at the start of Back to the Future (1985)|
|Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in Shanghai Knights (2003)|
|Asa Butterfield in Hugo (2011)|