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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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"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
Top Customer Reviews
AN ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE FOR FANS OF CHAPLIN, KEATON & SILENT SCREEN COMEDY!!! BUY AT ALL COSTS.
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.
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I guess Mr.Bengston's book Silent Echoes,featuring the shooting locations then and now of the legendary Buster Keaton,wasn't enough.Nooooo. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Robert Badgley
This is another one-of-a-kind book by the author. Chaplin and the locations he used for his films, in amazing then-and-now photos!! Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Javier F. Mulero
The title of this review is taken from a blurb film historian (and recent Oscar winner) Kevin Brownlow offered up regarding John Bengston's earlier "Silent Echoes. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by S. Bingen
This book, along with SILENT ECHOES are an absolute "must-have" for any serious film student or fan of early Hollywood cinema. There are no other books like it on the market. Mr. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by CDH
I had so much fun reading Silent Traces. I'm a huge fan of Charlie Chaplin and get so much pleasure out of watching his movies. Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by Tracy Choma
As an admirer of John Bengtson's Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton, I was delighted to learn of his follow-up book on Charlie Chaplin. Read morePublished on June 9, 2008 by Lon Davis
Bengston is insane. He's also a genius. Only crazy person would put as much work as he did into creating a masterpiece in an art and science that, until he came along, no one ever... Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by Ken McCarthy
Add me to the list of people raving about this book. If you have the Keaton book (Silent Echoes) you'll love this one too. Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Fred
Excellent book with great number of photographies and explained of very detailed form. I recommend them for buying futures.Published on March 9, 2007 by Miguel Borrachero Guzman