Long Pants Silent Cinema Comedy Film

Long Pants

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Román Gubern

Long Pants (1927) by Frank Capra (58’)
Presentation: Román Gubern

Directed by Frank Capra and starring Harry Langdon. After he finally gets his first pair of long pants, the clever main character from the rural world turns his nose up at the girl his mother has chosen to be his girlfriend. Instead, he falls madly in love with an attractive criminal with links to the Mafia, which leads him into considerable trouble, albeit not void of perverse erotic connotations. Langdon would become both Luis Buñuel’s and Salvador Dalí’s favourite comedian.


On Saturday, the video of the presentation recorded the day before will be shown.

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  1. Román GubernRomán Gubern

    Catedrático emérito de Comunicación Audiovisual de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, de la que ha sido decano. Ha sido presidente de la Asociación Española de Historiadores del Cine y pertenece a la Association Francaise pour la Recherche sur I'Historie du Cinema. Miembro de la Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, y de la New York Academy of Sciences. Ejerció la docencia y la investigación en la Universidad de Southern California, en el MIT (Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts) y en el Instituto Tecnológico de California. Fue director del Instituto Cervantes en Roma.

    Asimismo ha escrito los guiones de películas como Mañana será otro día (1967), España otra vez (1968) y Un invierno en Mallorca (1969), todas de Jaime Camino, Ensalada Baudelaire de Leopoldo Pomés (1978) y Espérame en el cielo de Antonio Mercero (1991).

    Entre sus libros figuran: Historia del cine (1969), Godard polémico (1969), El lenguaje de los comics (1972), Mensajes icónicos en la cultura de masas (1974), Literatura de la imagen (1974), Cine español en el exilio (1976), El cine sonoro en la II República (1977), La caza de brujas en Hollywood (1987), Del bisonte a la realidad virtual (1996), Proyector de luna (1999) Máscaras de la ficción (2002), Patologías de la imagen (2004), Los años rojos de Luis Buñuel (2009, con Paul Hammond), Metamorfosis de la lectura (2010) y el libro recopilatorio Cultura audiovisual. Escritos 1981-2011 (2013). En 2014 ha publicado actualizada su Historia del cine.

"Long Pants" (Sus primeros pantalones, 1927), directed by Frank Capra, was the last collaboration of the Italo-american director with the North American comedian Harry Langdon. This comedian played a scatterbrained, awkward boy in the spirits of troubled baby who has just awaken. In this film, his parents give him his first long pants, which symbolize the passing from adolescence to adulthood, and offer him the innocent Priscilla as his first girlfriend. But Langdon falls terribly in love with a seductive vamp linked to drug and mob businesses, and due to this, even attempts to murder his virginal girlfriend. This is a Freudian comedy about a frustrated rite of passage due to sexual immaturity that also presented a keen contrast between the traditional and conservative rural world, and the agitated urban world. Langdon was Dali's and Buñuel's favorite comedian, and also enthused the poet Vicente Huidobro. The French historian Jean Mitry would define him as the "awaken dreamer", the author of a "bitter and destructive poetry".