- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Santa Monica Press; 1st ed edition (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159580014X
- ISBN-13: 978-1595800145
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin Paperback – August 1, 2006
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"John Bengtson has again produced a book that combines film history, social history, and a cultural study of Los Angeles." Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian
"What a debt we owe him! . . . Silent Traces is a marvelous sequel to his book on Buster Keaton." Kevin Brownlow, director and film historian
"Film history at its most accessible, this volume is a treasure for Chaplin fans." Editor's Guild Magazine
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"John Bengtson uses the films of Charlie Chaplin to perform effortless miracles of observation and detection. He widens our cultural horizons and treats us to a most entertaining education in cinema and California history." -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"What a debt we owe him! ... Had it not been for John Bengtson's heroic researches, virtually all traces of the silent era would likely have been erased. Silent Traces is a marvelous sequel to his book on Buster Keaton." -Kevin Brownlow, director and film historian
"Silent Traces offers fascinating glimpses of Charlie Chaplin's Hollywood in relation to the Hollywood of today. If you think Chaplin's Hollywood has disappeared, John Bengtson will prove you wrong so entertainingly that you'll half expect the Little Tramp to show up in person to turn the pages." -Bob Mondello, National Public Radio
"John Bengtson has again produced a book that combines film history, social history, and a cultural study of Los Angeles. It's unique and fascinating." -Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian
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Top Customer Reviews
John Bengtson is a fabulous author. They way he locates the filming locations of hundred year old films is nothing short of miraculous. He's as much of a detective as he is an author. And let's just say, he's one heck of an author, too!
This book hits three of my major interests: filming locations, historical LA, and silent movies. If you are interested in these topics, this book will be utterly fascinating to you.
I've also purchased Bengtson's books on Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, and those books are incredible as well. Highly recommended!
AN ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE FOR FANS OF CHAPLIN, KEATON & SILENT SCREEN COMEDY!!! BUY AT ALL COSTS.
Think "silent film archeology," but instead of digging into the earth. Bengston dug *above* ground in today's Hollywood to find remnants of the vanished world Charlie Chaplin used as a backdrop. And he found them - lots and lots of them.
Bengston is a man who deeply loves Chaplin's work, the world Chaplin worked in and the world we live in now and he's expressed that love in an entirely unique unprecedented way. This book is beyond great. It's a WONDER. Get it before it goes out of print. Bengston's similar work on Buster Keaton is selling at a massive premium as well it should.
trying to separate the then and now pictures. I guess I was expecting the original pictures to be lined up the current pictures for a stunning contrast.
I suppose that both of these things decisions were made for cost of production reasons, which I can understand to some degree. In the end however, the feel of the book is more academic than entertaining. For a true Charlie fan, it is a treasure trove of information, but a little bit disappointing. Having never knocked a book for stuff like this before,I must have some sort of leg to stand on. So, overall, a great book with a wealth of information, poorly packaged.