This is a stunning work of cinematic archaeology. The timeless films of Charlie Chaplin are some of the most important in cinematic history. Chaplin was a master of his medium unequalled by his peers or since - and his works have become priceless artefacts: windows into the era in which they were created. Chaplin's silent films embody not only the practice of making movies, but the spirit and concerns of the era in which they were generated. Bengtson's incredible work of cinematic archaeology combines Chaplin's movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, contemporary photographs and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-film era from an entirely new perspective. Through his research into the locations used in classic Chaplin films like "The Kid", "City Lights and Modern Times", as well as his lesser-known but equally brilliant short films and early work, Bengtson illuminates both Chaplin's genius and the evolving city that served as the backdrop to his art. Part time-machine, part detective story, "Silent Traces" presents a truly unique look at Chaplin's work and a captivating glimpse into Hollywood's most romantic era.
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Santa Monica Press
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Author Biography - John Bengston
John Bengtson is a lecturer in film at Stamford University. This is his first book.