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