Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Film Historian John Bengtson to Visit the Silver Screen Oasis in April


pandorainmay
 Share

Recommended Posts

Have you ever wished that you could step into a silent film like *Buster Keaton* did in Sherlock, Jr. (1924) and experience that other world?

The upcoming guest at *The Silver Screen Oasis* in April will bring us as close to that wondrous experience as possible. In fact, retracing the steps of *Keaton, Chaplin* and *Lloyd* (and more) are on the horizon for discussion at the classic film discussion site the SSO later this month.

e35dc239-1.jpg

The non-profit site is pleased to announce that film historian John Bengtson will be our Guest Author from Tuesday, April 24th through Saturday, April 28th, 2012. You can see more about the site and this visit here:
http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/index.php

Mr. Bengtson, a lawyer as well as film historian, blends cinematic archeology with social and urban history through his unique approach to examining the locations where and when films were shot. His work, which The New York Times described as a “Proustian collage of time and memory, biography and history, urban growth and artistic expression,” takes us on a virtual tour of the sites that provided inspiration for such giants as *Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin* and *Buster Keaton* through his books, films and website. Researching his discoveries of locations where films were shot and placing them in a social and cultural context has proved fascinating as he unearthed subtle class differences among these comic stars, the way that sequences were edited together (sometimes jumping from city to city, as in the case of Lloyd's hectic 1928 comedy, Speedy), and sometimes taking walking tours of the actual places that still exist in some form.

*John Bengtson*'s books include the following :

[silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd (Santa Monica Press, 2011)|http://santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_name=silentvisions&page_type=book&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5]

visions.jpg

[silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin (Santa Monica Press, 2006)|http://santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_name=chaplin&page_type=book&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5]

traces.jpg

[silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood through the Films of Buster Keaton (Santa Monica Press,1999)|http://santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_name=silentechoes&page_type=book&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5]

echoes.jpg

In addition to these enchanting books, which make city streets and spots where early films were made come alive with their history, Bengtson has hosted events at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. He has also contributed to many of the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of films of Chaplin and Keaton, which are linked at his blog, [silent Locations|http://silentlocations.wordpress.com/](shown below) where he writes about his ongoing passion for Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd.

[sILENT LOCATIONS - John Bengtson's Blog|http://silentlocations.wordpress.com/author-dvdblu-ray-special-programs/]

d9cc1623-1.jpg

For a taste of the kind of film history that *John Bengtson* can unearth on just a simple walk around the streets of bustling Los Angeles, please see this brief youtube video:


Please consider this your invitation to join us between April 24th-April 28th at the Silver Screen Oasis for this exciting special event and welcome John to our classic film discussion group.







Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Just a quick reminder that John Bengston's stint at the Silver Screen Oasis begins tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th.

 

Please consider this your invitation to join us between April 24th-April 28th at the Silver Screen Oasis for this exciting special event and welcome John to our classic film discussion group.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

© 2022 Turner Classic Movies Inc. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...