Harold & Margaret | Chicago Reader

Harold & Margaret

This fascinating program includes four films by Margaret Conneely, a prizewinning director in Chicago's now-forgotten amateur-film movement. Often working in clubs with other filmmakers, she constructed quirky narratives that include rhythmic oddities and troubling close-ups. In Mister E (1959) a housewife's complaint that her husband's never home becomes a bizarre drama involving a male mannequin used to make him jealous, and the animated dancing figures in The Fairy Princess (1956) recall the magical effects of very early films. Also showing are three comedies with Harold Lloyd, a master of film-space rhythms, as when characters change positions at the end of All Aboard (1917). 73 min.

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