Remnants of Hollywood’s Silent Era – NBC Los Angeles


For over 100 years, Los Angeles and Hollywood specifically, have been related to the movement image trade.

The pioneers of the silent period paved the way in which for the unbelievable improvement of right now’s film makers. Yet there aren’t many locations in and round Los Angeles that pay tribute to those giants of early American cinema.

One such location was devoted in September of 2021. An alley in Hollywood, lengthy uncared for, that occurred to be the place the place three comedic stars of the silent movies every practiced their craft. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd every used totally different areas of the alley to shoot parts of what would turn out to be landmark movies.

For Chaplin, ‘The Kid.’ For Keaton, ‘Cops.’ And, for Harold Lloyd, ‘Safety Last.’

So it was applicable that descendants of these geniuses and others got here collectively to mark the alleys’ location with an indication and a plaque.

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From left to proper, Keith Coogan (grandson of Jackie Coogan, costar of “The Kid”), movie historian and creator John Bengtson, Hollywood Heritage President Brian Curran Jr., Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Suzanne Lloyd (granddaughter of Harold Lloyd), Film Historian/Archivist Stan Taffel, Kiera Chaplin (granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin), Keaton Talmadge (great-granddaughter of Buster Keaton), and David Totheroh (grandson of Chaplin cinematographer Roland Totheroh) Photo courtesy of Hollywood Heritage Museum

Also amongst these attending was John Bengtson, an creator of three books about silent movies (in addition to “the great detective of silent film locations” – New York Times). It was John who was in a position to determine the alley in a quantity of silent movies by matching distinctive architectural particulars. His weblog and YouTube web page (each listed beneath) provide a quantity of excellent movies and articles showcasing silent period movie areas and the way they give the impression of being right now. It is a web site you will need to go to in case you are within the historical past of silent movies in Los Angeles.

Another place to be taught concerning the early days of cinema in LA is the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Located on Highland Avenue, throughout from the Hollywood Bowl, the museum is often open on weekends and gives displays of pictures, costumes, props, posters and extra. It additionally has an unbelievable choice of books you should buy. All of it’s enclosed within the oldest current movement image manufacturing constructing in Hollywood.

Other areas connecting early twentieth Century film makers and the Los Angeles of right now are the location of Buster Keaton’s studio in Hollywood and the unique Chaplin Studios on La Brea Avenue, which has an fascinating connection to comic Red Skelton and Vincennes University in Indiana.

So please, be part of our host Daniella Smith and be taught extra concerning the remnants of Hollywood’s silent period.

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