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Silent Traces

Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin

John Bengtson, Kevin Brownlow (Foreword by)

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"Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin" is the long-awaited follow-up to John Bengtson's critically acclaimed masterpiece "Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton."
In "Silent Traces," Bengtson explores the traces of early Hollywood hidden within Charlie Chaplin's timeless films. This stunning work of cinematic archeology combines Chaplin's movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-movie era from an entirely new perspective.
By describing the historical settings found in such Chaplin classics as "The Kid, City Lights, " and "Modern Times," Bengtson illuminates both Chaplin's genius and the evolving city that served as a backdrop for his art. Part time machine, part detective story, "Silent Traces" presents a unique look at Chaplin's work, and a captivating glimpse into Hollywood's most romantic era.

Santa Monica Press, 9781595800145, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006



About the Author

John Bengtson is a business lawyer and film historian who discovered the magic of silent comedy at an early age. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin, Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton, and Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd. Bengtson has presented his work on Buster Keaton as keynote speaker at events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. He is a featured columnist of the Keaton Chronicle newsletter, and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his two daughters.