I love to get lost in research. Although I estimate that I only use about one percent of the information I find, it's fun to get lost in biographies, maps, and old photos. Researching the Hollywood silent film era for Double Vision: The Alias Men was absolutely fascinating. And watching old Chaplin movies may have been the best of all...
I thought I would share some of the links and books, in case you feel like joining in. Great for the classroom, if you're an elementary/middle school teacher!
My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin
Great insight into Chaplin, silent cinema, and the people of his era. I really enjoyed his astute observation of people. At times funny and moving all at once, much like his films.
A must-read, in my opinion.
Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin by John Bengtson
Fascinating look at the film sets of Chaplin movies; Bengtson also published books on Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd film locations. If you're a film buff, these books are for you. You can read a Denver Post interview with the author here.
Charlie Chaplin website
Silent Locations: For silent film location information, look no further than John Bengtson's blog. He has images, factoids on Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. A research treasure trove...
The Great Depression: a curriculum guide from FDR Library (for educators).
Hollywood sign: the sign has its own website! Find out more about the history, and where to go if you want to visit.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre: interesting history.
For educators: here's a teacher's guide to Double Vision: The Alias Men to use in the classroom.
What's your favorite silent movie?