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Little Geezer (His Rise and Fall) - Theodore Huff


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Maker: Theodore Huff
Original format: 16mm silent film 1.37:1
Featuring Juvenile Film Players of Englewood, N.J.
New music: Eric Beheim

Little Geezer, Huff's second child burlesque, won attention in amateur film circles for its excellent production and editing. Simultaneously a brilliant parody of popular crime films and a liberal adaptation of Eisenstein's Potemkin-type montage, Little Geezer ranked in the top ten in an American Cinematographer contest for amateur makers. -Chuck Kleinhans

Theodore Huff (1909-1953) made short films including two child burlesques, Hearts of the West (1931) and Little Geezer (1932), collaborated on Mr. Motorboat's Last Stand (1933) and The Uncomfortable Man (1948), wrote the first US director study, Chaplin, and was active as a collector of film stills, critic, film society activist, silent film pianist, film archivist, and college teacher. -Chuck Kleinhans

Theodore Huff was one of the country's foremost film historians at a time when almost nobody took film history really seriously. He grew up in Fort Lee in the early film-making days there, and made his own personal contributions to the field from the late 20's on. He worked at the Museum of Modern Art for 5 years from 1935, among other things arranging the musical scores for many of their silents; he taught film history at NYU, worked on documentaries at the Army Signal Corps., and during the war years worked with the National Archives in Washington, where he was directly responsible for the rediscovery of their valuable paper print collection. A cameraman and painter, he made a few films on his own, and of course did a great deal of writing on film (history and reviews) for Films in Review etc; he did some of the best in the Director Index series for the B.F.I., and also wrote one of the best books on Charlie Chaplin, with a detailed analysis of all the films. For a far more detailed biography, we refer you to Films in Review of May 1953. -William K. Everson

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