movie break: harpo’s artful improvisation

We’ve always loved this scene from A Day at the Races, when Harpo and Chico buy themselves some time while being chased by the chic hotel’s security. The astonishing, hilarious and beautiful 4-or-so minutes start at the 2:30 mark. If you’re pressed for time, we recommending letting the video load until you can move the cursor there, when Harpo takes over, in sublime improvisational mode, to watch a true artist at work.

“When life hands you lemons (a piano and a bunch of cops), make……………..!”

(Short version, without Harpo’s sweet riff, here.)

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