Author Lectures – DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Programs

Videos of Author Lectures

I have lectured at over thirty festivals, screenings, and events across the country, examining the locations and history hidden in the background of classic silent films.

A short segment from the Locations and Effects 2013 documentary with Academy-Award winning effects supervisor Craig Barron and the author filmed for the Criterion Collection release of the Safety Last! Blu-ray.

Here is a brief intro to my 16 minute visual essay Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus, that looks at the college and football locations appearing the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release of The Freshman.

 

My talk about The General at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2011 Summer of Silents series is posted here.

http://www.oscars.org/video/watch/ev_silents_05_general_locations.html

My talk about The Pilgrim and Modern Times at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s 2011 ChaplinFest, from within the very train station where Chaplin filmed The Pilgrim, is posted below.  Further below is the site of the Modern Times finale on Google Maps.

Vimeo Link to Lecture

My program for the Chaplin at Keystone collection

Author Bonus Programs on DVD and Blu-ray

I have provided commentary, visual essays, and location tour programs to these Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Movies

The Freshman Criterion Collection

Safety Last! Criterion Collection; a nice review of my program (here)

College Ultimate Edition

Seven Chances Ultimate Edition

Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection (1920-1923)

Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages Ultimate Edition (programs for both films)

Chaplin Modern Times Criterion Collection; a review of my program (here)

Chaplin at Keystone

The General Ultimate Edition

Keaton Plus

TCM Buster Keaton Collection: The Cameraman/Spite Marriage

Biography (A&E): Buster Keaton

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23 lrJohn Bengtson is a business lawyer, film historian, and author.  His latest book, Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd, follows Silent Echoes about Buster Keaton, and Silent Traces about Charlie Chaplin, to complete his highly acclaimed trilogy about the giants of silent film comedy, hailed by the New York Times as a “Proustian collage of time and memory, biography and history, urban growth and artistic expression.”  Each book features a foreword by Academy Award winning film historian Kevin Brownlow.  Bengtson is a frequent speaker at events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Turner Classic Movie Channel Festival, Film Forum in New York, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, USC, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and has provided bonus programs for several Keaton, Chaplin, and Lloyd DVD/Blu-ray releases.

SFGate article John Bengtson, archeologist of early cinema.

9 Responses to Author Lectures – DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Programs

  1. Dear John Bengtson,

    My name is Christoph Eppacher and I am a young architect doing a academic/artistic research at the moment about the connection between silent movies and architecture. I am based in Los Angeles at the moment as a resident of the MAK Schindler program.
    My project will focus on the observation of silent movies made and filmed in Los Angeles between the beginning in LA (Edendale) to its glorious times.
    What I am looking for in terms of Architecture are interesting spacial, atmospheric and also obscure – absurd configuration of spaces places, facades, objects etc. in connection to people, random accidents, mystical places…etc.
    It is more my personal interest and also my will and hope to find something unique in terms of architectural and artistic language in those films which I could further use or embed in a current architectural discussion.
    But what I am directly asking you as I am still waiting for the ordered books to be sent to me, if there is first any sort of complete list of silent films which were made during the golden age of silent movie in Los Angeles (probably including Title, Directors Name, Actor, Year, StudioName etc…) or as another question as I am kind of new in the field of silent movies( sure I know some, but I am absolutely no expert – but of course highly interested). Where would you recommend me to start with what type of movies; are there any collections that I can watch for example in an archive-because buying a lot of movies might be to expensive… Just simply asking, where would you recommend me to go for watching a lot of Silent Movies in LA
    ( Archive , Studio etc…)
    And also if you have any movies in mind which could be obviously very interesting for me as an architect.
    I would be very grateful If you can help me with your unique knowledge of Silent Movies.

    Also I would like to thank you for the great online blog and your books I will really enjoy reading them and thinking about this content a lot!

    Best regards
    and thanks for your
    help in advance

    Christoph Eppacher

  2. Hi Christoph – thank you for your message. I’ll reply further offline, after I have had time to think about this.

    I have to chuckle. Do you know that the Schindler House on Kings Road appears in the background during a scene in Buster Keaton’s 1924 film Sherlock Jr.?

    John

  3. Hello John,
    Thank you for your quick reply; Yes I know, very funny because it is exactly the institution where I am doing this program…But I need watch the hole movie soon.
    Christoph

  4. Bob Molee says:

    Dear John Bengtson,
    My name is Bob Molee. I live in New Jersey, and I have always been fascinated with movie locations. I’ve seen the houses in Staten Island where THE GODFATHER and SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS were filmed, Woody Allen film locations, Martin Scorsese, and of course, The Sopranos. I am a Fedex courier, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to deliver a package to the actual house they used as Tony’s in the show ! It was quite surreal to walk up that driveway.
    Whenever I am in the Los Angeles area, I love to visit the locations where famous scenes were filmed, but I have a special place in my heart for the filming locations of Laurel and Hardy and the Our Gang comedies. I have visited the (depressing) site where the Hal Roach Studios were located (now a car dealership), and I have visited the locations where L&H filmed the house thrashing and of course, the HOLY GRAIL of locations (for me), the staircase they used in The Music Box.
    I absolutely LOVED your Silent Visions book focusing on the films of Harold Lloyd. What a wonderful job you did with the “then and now” photos. I can stare at the “now” photos and be transported back to those days so long ago. Your books “speak” to me in ways I can’t explain. To think, that on THIS street or in front of THAT building, legends like Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, or Laurel & Hardy performed their scenes. Do the people now living in those neighborhoods KNOW, or even CARE about the film history they live amongst ???
    I’ve always been interested in the films of Harold Lloyd. Now, thanks to your new book, I want to see ALL his comedies.
    Allow me to share with you the excitement and amazement I felt while I was reading your Silent Visions/Harold Lloyd book…page 274, Harold filming “SPEEDY” in lower New York City. The trolley car tracks are STILL THERE !!!!!!! That’s what I’m talking about !!!! (LOL).
    I am disappointed that I missed your appearance in Astoria on October 16th. I would love to meet you and have my book autographed by you. When will you be back for another appearance ?
    Mr. Bengtson, I hope that you will do Silent Visions books on Laurel & Hardy and the Our Gang Comedies. I appreciate and respect all the hard work you have put into your books. I wish you health and happiness.
    Bob Molee

  5. Hi Bob – thank you for the kind message. Wow, that must have been really weird to deliver the package to Tony Soprano’s house! Be sure to check out the tours I have prepared for the next time you visit LA.

    Thanks again,
    John

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  7. Yohann bousseau says:

    Merci beaucoup mr Bengston
    I m a french Man who love old american And french cinema, i Went to los angeles ni 2008. It was magic for me to see the Chaplin studio, the gate of paramount studio….
    I m proud to see The michelin (french company) tire signe in Buster Keaton’s 1921 short film The Goat ‘-)
    One of my favorite film Is sunset boulevard (“boulevard du crépuscule” in french)

    Is it possible to buy the Chaplin book ….autographed by you?

    Thank s a lot for Your work and sorry i dont speak english very well

    Vive le cinéma américain

    • Yohann – thank you so much for your kind message. It is possible to send you an autographed copy of my Chaplin book. Please contact me directly at my email
      John @ silentechoes . net.
      A bientot, John

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